You Can Be Trapped In A Tin Can For Years With Elon Musk's Asshole Douche Bag Friends And Then Die A Horrible Death - Hooray!
Recently, SpaceX’s Elon Musk addressed the Humans to Mars conference, during which he waxed eloquent with BS hype about how his Starship interplanetary spacecraft was proceeding along. It is no secret that Musk is building this monster spaceship to facilitate his long-held dream to establish a settlement on the planet Mars. CNBC reports that Musk has a cautionary note for people who might want to join in on the project.
“I want to emphasize that this is a very hard and dangerous, difficult thing, not for the faint of heart. Good chance you’ll die, it’s going to be tough going, but it will be pretty glorious if it works out.”
Death or glory or maybe both. Those are the choices that Musk is offering prospective future Mars settlers. With the Starship’s development proceeding apace in Boca Chica, Texas, that choice may be available to a lot of people sooner than most think. You too can buy into this sociopath's egotistical madness.
Humans who visit Mars can die in a wide variety of awful ways. Radiation, lack of a breathable atmosphere and extreme cold are just a few of the conditions that can shorten a life or kill you from starvation, water system failure, un-diagnosed COVID, burning alive during descent and thousands of other things.
The effects of low gravity on humans’ long-term health are not well understood. While, thanks to the International Space Station, we know a lot about what microgravity does to the human body, the longest time anyone has spent in a low-gravity environment was three days during the last few Apollo missions.
The psychological effects of living long term in a hostile environment are little understood but must be considered. One study of the mental health issues of researchers living at an Antarctic base suggests that depression, anxiety, cognitive impairment and irritability can result. Indeed, all of Musk's Musktronauts could go as nuts as Musk and kill each other. People who stay at the bottom of the world are a few hours’ plane trip to New Zealand. People who move to Mars will be 100 million miles from the home where they grew up and to which they will be unlikely to ever return. They will be permanently bummed out.
If all of the above gives the reader pause, perhaps he or she is not cut out to be in the first generation of Martians.
Musk does not seem willing to go. He wants you to take the risks while he stays here on Earth to hype his image PR.
Why would anyone want to leave a world of green hills and blue, flowing water for one that features frigid, arid deserts blasted by radiation with no surface water or breathable air? Mars is a shit-hole empty desert of nothingness that is about as boring as Fremont, California. If all the other stuff does not kill you, the boredom certainly will. Do you have a favorite food? You will never see that again. If the plants on your spaceship all die, you will have to eat your own shit: Fun! If only Musk would try that...
Musk's constant dope smoking has him unable to see that his little band of Martian nut-balls will become increasingly bureaucratic and, like all societies, become people who would just as soon break your head open rather than peacefully debate political issues if they disagree with you. Being trapped in a tin can does that to people even worse than in ordinary culture.
Can a Mars settlement be a freer society than we enjoy on Earth, even considering the need for everyone to be focused on sheer survival? Not likely. But one thing is certain, if Elon Musk is one of the settlers, he will have to step back from power and resist the temptation to be a benevolent dictator. Good luck with that Musktronauts!
The vast number of forms of radiation, starvation and boredom are calling Elon. We hope Musk climbs on the first spaceship and that his self-aggrandizing, narcissistic, political bribery self is never seen again.