At a meeting of astronautical experts, Elon Musk explains how his sole purpose in life is to make humans an interplanetary species, with a mission to Mars beginning as early as 2022. In his presentation he shows off the Heart of Gold, an "interplanetary module" the size of two Boeing 747 capable of carrying 100 passengers per trip.
Bill Nye, chief executive officer of the Planetary Society and host of the popular TV show Bill Nye the Science Guy, was in the audience and described the energy of the crowd as “extraordinary”.
“Watching the crowd go absolutely wild today tells me that the best is yet ahead for space exploration,” he told the Guardian, adding that Musk had presented “a very aggressive schedule that seemed feasible to the crowd”.
“No matter what we send to Mars, I very much hope we conduct a thorough, careful search for life before we consider landing people and cargo. I believe the discovery of life or evidence of life would change the way we think about the cosmos and our place within it,” Nye added.
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