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WATCH: Elon Musk to build 1 000 Starships to transport life to Mars

SpaceX founder Elon Musk says that making life multiplanetary will help backup the ecosystems on Earth. REUTERS/Joe Skipper

SpaceX founder Elon Musk says that making life multiplanetary will help backup the ecosystems on Earth. REUTERS/Joe Skipper

Published Jun 6, 2022

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Cape Town - South African-born billionaire Elon Musk on Monday said his space venture SpaceX aims to build over 1 000 Starships to transport life to Mars.

Musk believes that making life multi-planetary will help backup the ecosystems on Earth and noted that, apart from humans, no other species can transport life to Mars.

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“Making life multi-planetary expands the scope & scale of consciousness. It also enables us to backup the biosphere, protecting all life as we know it from a calamity on Earth,” he tweeted.

“Humanity is life's steward, as no other species can transport life to Mars. We can't let them down,” he added.

After a user asked Musk “what's the plan”, he responded that he plans to “build 1000+ Starships to transport life to Mars. Basically, (very) modern Noah's Arks.”

According to Indo-Asian News Service, SpaceX is developing Starship to take people and cargo to the moon, Mars and beyond with its vehicle, which consists of two elements: a first-stage booster called Super Heavy and an upper-stage spacecraft known as Starship.

Nasa also sees considerable promise in Starship. The US space agency selected the vehicle to be the first crewed lunar lander for its Artemis programme, which aims to put astronauts on the moon in the next few years.

Meanwhile, during a recent press briefing, US President Joe Biden wished the Tesla CEO "lots of luck" for his trip to the Moon after Musk expressed “super bad feeling” about the economy and decided to cut its workforce by 10%.

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Biden responded to a question about Musk's pessimistic attitude toward the economy by wishing him “lots of luck on his trip to the Moon.”

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