Mr Musk Goes to Mars?

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Last Updated on October 28, 2022 by ADMIN-TOM

Elon Musk, owner of Tesla electric cars and SpaceX, makers of launch vehicles and spacecraft, has long nurtured the desire to see humanity colonise Mars. As one of his websites puts it, The Road to Making Humanity Multiplanetary. To some it’s a noble cause and to others a waste of money. Personally, I’m not in the judgement game, what he does with his resources is entirely up to him. However, as many historians like to tell us, history has a way of repeating itself and in the 17th century, a group of people got together and attempted to achieve a similar goal to that which Elon Musk now aspires to.

The times and the people of those times were driven not by accomplishing an impossible goal, they were attempting to obtain religious freedom. In September 1620, an English ship named Mayflower set sail for the New World in the Americas.

Mayflower was chartered by a group of English merchants called the London Adventurers to transport groups of English families, the Pilgrims, from England to the New World. There were supposed to have been two ships, but the Speedwell proved unseaworthy and after several delays, where the pilgrims were living in the cramped conditions on the Mayflower, there followed a gruelling ten weeks at sea as Mayflower set sail alone on a potentially treacherous, and ultimately unpredictable voyage.

Mayflower reached the New World with 102 passengers and a crew of 30. The ship dropped anchor near the tip of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, on November 21, 1620.

The enterprise had massive repercussions on the world over the following centuries. Yet at the time the small band of pilgrims were called foolhardy, ridiculed by friends, family, the government as well as religious leaders. All because they had a dream of religious freedom. The spirituality of the journey apart, it was, with the available knowledge and technology of the time, a daring undertaking and remarkably became the first successful major colony in the New World.

Now fast forward to America in 2022. Musk, a South African by birth, has his own vision of what must happen to humanity. His dream isn’t about religion, it’s about how he sees human beings in the future, as a space faring race. To him, if humanity doesn’t reach out and colonise our solar system, then we stand to live on an isolated planet that may not be able to feed us within a few years, notwithstanding climate change, war and disease. We are already seeing the knock-on effects of food shortage because of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. What next? When the oil runs out and climate change kicks-in with a vengeance, humanity will be reduced to fighting for scarce resources… strongest nation wins!

Americans at least should applaud a man willing to put his money where his mouth is, to attempt to establish a colony on Mars. Consider this. If it hadn’t been for a few English pilgrims achieving a similar, though Earthbound feat, the world, especially America, may have been a very different place.

The Road to Making Humanity Multiplanetary seems a fitting slogan to me.

Copyright © Tom Kane 2020

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