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Elon Musk after fielding a FunnyOrDie Web series pitch and offers for good luck kisses (still taking #Mars Qs tho) http://live.arstechnica.com/liveblog-how-spacex-plans-to-colonize-mars/
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In 2015, when the rocket booster came back and landed at Cape Canaveral? "One of the best moments of my life," Musk says. A long way from SpaceX's 2002 origins. http://live.arstechnica.com/liveblog-how-spacex-plans-to-colonize-mars/
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Musk says it'll take 40-100 years to establish a self-sustaining, viable colony. And as for the ship? Huge. "To build iron foundries to pizza joints to you name it, it really must carry a lot of cargo."
The big question: Can Musk build a coalition of government and industry support?
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He did, I was very excited and happy then. I felt like it was a huge accomplishment for human race in general. I really think it was a massive success. But this... This isn't science or engineering. This is BS PR to stay relevant.

Actually he's admitted that he'll need heavy government assistance. He got it for his reusable rockets as well. Without NASA backing and Obama's plan to fund new commercial space access programs he wouldn't be flying anything. I'm not saying that as a criticism, I'm all for government programs creating commercial successes, but going to Mars isn't one.

Also, I just want to preemptively say that I don't work for NASA. But I like the institution. It has it's own problems (who doesn't) but all in all it works very well.

Note: Backwards is the only way to land a rocket. :) Like lunar landers.
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To start the possible habitation of Mars? Musk believes we need to cut the costs from an optimistic $10B/person to $200k/person. "This is not easy. It sounds virtually impossible. But I think there are ways to do it."
The big question: Can Musk build a coalition of government and industry support?
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Rhetorical questions are always left unanswered.
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Things running a bit behind at the SpaceX event (lots of folks in attendance). As we wait, catch up on the latest about that anomaly we'd expect a few words on today (then join our liveblog in progress here: http://live.arstechnica.com/liveblog-how-spacex-plans-to-colonize-mars/ )
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Hofstra "responded." O_o
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And Elon Musk has wrapped—liveblog has the details for now, but <spoiler>keep an eye on the site this week</spoiler> http://live.arstechnica.com/liveblog-how-spacex-plans-to-colonize-mars/
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Elon taking some questions now; shouts out Michoud as a potential destination for production. http://live.arstechnica.com/liveblog-how-spacex-plans-to-colonize-mars/
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Musk on the inside of the Mars ship cabin—it'll have restaurants, zero g games, cabins, etc. "It'll be really fun to go, you'll have a great time."
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Musk is on to the nitty gritty details the original reveal video didn't touch upon. "The Mars Colonial Fleet would depart en masse, kind of like Battlestar Galactica—which is a good show." http://live.arstechnica.com/liveblog-how-spacex-plans-to-colonize-mars/
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Elon has arrived: "One path is we stay on Earth forever, but eventually there will be some doomsday event. The alternative is to become a multiplanetary species."
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eventually there will be some doomsday event

The timing right before elections is perfect.
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