Elon Musk says he plans to send 1 million people to Mars by 2050 by launching 3 Starship rockets every day and creating 'a lot of jobs' on the red planet

Business Insider | 9/28/2019 | Morgan McFall-Johnsen, Dave Mosher
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Elon Musk recently shared details on Twitter about his plans to send 1 million people to Mars by 2050.

The SpaceX founder said there would be "a lot of jobs" in the city he hopes to build on Mars.

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Musk said he plans to build a fleet of 1,000 Starships — the 387-foot rocketship that SpaceX is developing for deep-space travel — and launch three of them each day.

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In a series of tweets on Thursday, Elon Musk revealed new details about his plan to build a city of 1 million people on Mars by 2050.

Musk said he hopes to build 1,000 Starships — the towering and ostensibly fully reusable spaceship that SpaceX is developing in South Texas — over 10 years. That's 100 new Starships per year.

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Eventually, Musk added, the goal is to launch an average of three Starships per day and make the trip to Mars available to anybody.

"Needs to be such that anyone can go if they want, with loans available for those who don't have money," Musk wrote.


Not enough to convince you to leave Earth behind?

"There will be a lot of jobs on Mars!" he added.

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Starship, if realized as designed, would be the most powerful launch system ever created; each launch would pack enough thrust to send more than 100 tons (about seven fully loaded school buses' worth of mass) and 100 people into orbit at a time.

Musk didn't specify what, exactly, the rockets would need to carry to Mars, but lots of food, water, building materials, tools, and advanced life support systems are a given. Thus he estimated he'll need a whole fleet of Starships to build a permanent settlement.

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"Megatons per year to orbit are needed for life to become multiplanetary," he tweeted on Thursday.

In total, 1,000 Starships could hypothetically...
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