“The sales pitch for going to Mars is, 'It's dangerous, it's cramped. You might not make it back. It's difficult, it's hard work'.”
Does that sound like someone trying to convince people to spend a LOT of money for a ride on his spaceship to the Red Planet? Or does it sound more like a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member singing about a fictional yet musical trip there?
Mars ain't the kind of place to raise your kids
In fact it's cold as hell
And there's no one there to raise them
If you did
The second quote is from “Rocket Man” by Rock Hall of Famer Elton John, while the first is from SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk in a strange interview this week with Chris Anderson, the head of TED conferences. Musk covered a wide variety of topics, but his answers to questions about the colony on Mars he has opined about for so long seemed oddly out of place coming from someone who admits he’ll need up to $10 trillion and a million people to colonize Mars by his goal of 2050 when Musk will be 79 years old.
And all this science
I don't understand
It's just my job five days a week
A rocket man
Sir Elton admits he doesn’t understand the science of his flight but Musk should – even though it’s not his five-day-a-week job with running Tesla, trying to buy Twitter, managing his billions, etc. However, he doesn’t even sound like he understands the financial aspects of the project or ways to make colonists part with their hard-earned cash … an effort the richest man on Earth grossly underestimates.
“If moving to Mars costs $100,000, I think almost anyone can work and save up and eventually have $100,000 and go to Mars if they want.”
Really? After dangling that $100,000 ticket price in the faces of a populace that has a hard time saving up and eventually being able to afford the cheapest Tesla, Musk admits to Anderson that he actually has no idea what a ticket to Mars will cost, but it will be worth it because “Success is not guaranteed, but excitement certainly is.”
Ground Control to Major Tom
Your circuit's dead, there's something wrong
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
“Space Oddity” by David Bowie
Well, that’s one topic Elon Musk and Rock Hall of Famer David Bowie would agree upon. The artist who also was both Ziggy Stardust and The Man Who Fell to Earth sang of space travel and life on Mars as a fictional alien with a band of Spiders from the Red Planet. He also had a dystopian view of life on Earth, as does Musk – a surprise for someone who owes his billions to the blue planet.
“Human civilization could come to an end for external reasons like a giant meteor or super volcanoes or extreme climate change or World War III, or you know, any one of a number of reasons.”
Musk has always had a strange fixation on leaving the planet he has so much fun on – with or without marijuana. While he made his money off of humans, he shows a dystopian lack of confidence on how they (except for himself, of course) will function on Mars. When asked who Mars will belong to, he said:
“'It will be up to the people of Mars to decide how they want to rethink society, and hopefully they will be more enlightened and not fight amongst each other too much.”
Not fight amongst each other too much? Speaking of fighting, that’s one area where Elon Musk definitely disagrees with Elton and Bowie. While the Rocket Man/Elton misses his wife and Major Tom/Bowie tells his wife he loves her very much (she knows), Musk has two ex-wives (one he married twice), an ex-girlfriend who’s the mother of his two kids, and plenty of other exes that he’ll gladly leave behind and likely not miss at all.
If Elon Musk was a rock star, his space anthem would probably be: “Is there WIFE on Mars?”