If a human colony of just five or six people on Mars still sounds like a distant future dream, just wait till you hear about billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s Mars colony plan.
Musk is thinking much bigger, like closer to one million people bigger.
Sending a handful of people to Mars every few years will never make a thriving colony.
If we want anything close to the industry and infrastructure that’s on Earth, we’re going to need a huge labor force, Musk said in an interview with Ross Anderson for Aeon Magazine:
Even at a million, you’re really assuming an incredible amount of productivity per person, because you would need to recreate the entire industrial base on Mars. You would need to mine and refine all of these different materials, in a much more difficult environment than Earth. There would be no trees growing. There would be no oxygen or nitrogen that are just there. No oil.
A million people sounds crazy right? Just wait, it gets better.