Elon Discusses Colonizing Mars with Ice-Mining Droids

In a recent interview on the Full Send Podcast, Musk talks about everything from his insane house parties to his mission to colonize Mars (plus a TON of other stuff). Let’s hear him discuss his plan to colonize Mars using unique technology: ice-mining droids!

Why Does Elon Musk Want to Colonize Mars?

As is well-known, Musk has a plan to send people to Mars with the hopes of colonizing it one day. Besides being cool and sounding like something from a movie, the reasons behind it seem valid. When asked why he wants to colonize Mars in the first place, Musk’s answer seems simple: preservation.

As mentioned in the clip, the dinosaurs had no idea that a meteor was going to end all large life on earth. In the same way, we don’t know what could end humanity, whether that be something as scary as nuclear war and disease, or more sudden, like a meteor. Regardless, Musk wants to be prepared for that inevitability.

How Does Elon Musk Plan to Melt the Ice on Mars?

Turning that ice into liquid water is where some crazy ideas come into play. Some of the options that Musk lists out include launching missiles every 10 seconds across the planet’s surface, creating an artificial sun (temporarily), or using solar mirrors to reflect heat onto the surface.

What are Ice-Mining Droids?

Before you bomb the surface of Mars, you need to have a base of operations. This is where the ice-mining droids come in. One of the hosts asks Musk what the first step to colonizing the planet would be, and Musk’s response is pretty simple: build a base of operations.

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