“The important thing is that we establish Mars as a self-sustaining civilization,” he said.
But Musk’s timeline for reaching Mars has wavered over the past few years. The billionaire said in 2017 his “aspirational” timeline was for SpaceX to send cargo ships to Mars in 2022, followed by a crewed mission two years later.
He wants to move quickly – but he also fits into the quantum entanglement of the Mars universe and its mysteries.
In 1949, rocket scientist Wernher von Braun, former Nazi and NASA’s star rocket designer wrote a science fiction book about humanity’s first mission to Mars.
Von Braun put his considerable technical knowledge to use in his book, “Project Mars: A Technical Tale.”
In his story, set in the 1980s, ten large spaceships make the journey, a project which required “upwards of 1,000 flights into Earth’s orbit” in order to “build, supply and fuel these ten ships, and it is an international, cooperative project.”
By chapter 22 of von Braun’s novel, the human visitors have discovered a peaceful indigenous civilization that resides underground on Mars.
Then, in chapter 24, we are given an outline of how Mars is governed by this civilization.
The passage reads as follows:
“The Martian government was directed by ten men, the leader of whom was elected by universal suffrage for five years and entitled “Elon.” Two houses of Parliament enacted the laws to be administered by the Elon and his cabinet.
The Upper House was called the Council of the Elders and was limited to a membership of 60 persons, each being appointed for life by the Elon as vacancies occurred by death. In principle, the method was not unlike that by which the College of Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church is appointed. Usually, the Elon chose historians, churchmen, former cabinet members or successful economic leaders who could offer lifetimes of valuable experience.”
So von Braun wrote in the 1940s that one of the progenitors of human space travel, the eventual leader of Martian civilization is called “Elon”, the same name as Elon Musk, who is currently leading the field of human space travel and a mission to Mars.
Predicting a significant event is always a crapshoot. It’s similar to buying a lottery ticket. If you scratch a number and win a dollar, you may not have won a lot of money but you win anyway.
This is why we not only explore the planet, we reach for the stars and as we move out away from our planet we begin to see it in a different way.
Think of this, Earth is only about a third of the age of the universe, habitable planets in the galaxy could thus have emerged at least 8 billion years ago— it’s likely that if alien technology ever entered our solar system, it happened a long time ago.