This is a post I have been wanting to make for a long time. This is not recent. without checking I believe it’s a little over a year old. That being said this is the future in development, or at least as close as we are ever going to out idealized version of it. Planning for the future is not something everybody else is doing. Our future IS Elon Musk, that is if we are fortunate enough to get one at all.
But know that attitude comes more from my lack of faith in the rest of humanity and not in some undying faith of Elon. Mars is a tough nut to crack. It will always be trying to kill you. At least until some far off generation can get terraforming figured out. Even if there were oxygen in the atmo in sufficient quantities to support people the air pressure is a fraction of what it is on earth. This means not only a constant dependence on pressure suits. but also that meteorites don’t burn up due to atmospheric friction. All things we can work around you say? what about not having a magnetosphere? This means no protection from the Sun’s radiation. What about the low gravity? .3g if i remember correctly, this leads to bone density issues. It also essentially eliminates the possibility of producing healthy children on Mars. If there is a colony on Mars it will have to be continually restocked with health people from Earth unless the kids spend half their childhood exercising in centrifuges.
So like I said many problems but I’m still hopeful. Please let me know what you think in the comments.