Editor: David Reiss
Brooklyn Law School

October 10, 2016

Columbus Day on the Red Planet?

By David Reiss

photo by Steve Jurvetson

Elon Musk

In honor of the explorer’s drive to plunge into the unknown, take a look at Elon Musk’s plans to colonize Mars.  They are stunning, visually and otherwise. His immediate mission objectives give you a tiny sense of the challenges he faces:

  • Learn how to transport and land large payloads on Mars
  • Identify and characterize potential resources such as water
  • Characterize potential landing sites, including identifying surface hazards
  • Demonstrate key surface capabilities on Mars

Who knows, maybe we will celebrate Columbus Day on Mars one of these years . . .

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