ELON Musk has big plans to establish a human colony on Mars and has announced that he wants to send one million people to the Red Planet by 2050.
A Nasa scientist told The US Sun exclusively that it would be essentially an Ascension mission and Elon Musk would likely die from a painful illness before he got there.
dr Michelle Thaller is a scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and has decades of experience.
The expert explained that we don’t currently have the right technology to protect people traveling to Mars.
They would have problems with space radiation that could kill them before they had a chance to get there.
Radiation sickness, also called radiation poisoning, can increase the risk of cancer, degenerative diseases, and death.
dr Thaller told us, “I know Elon Musk said he would like to be the first human to die on another planet.”
“It’s possible he wouldn’t make it that far because of the radiation in the space between here and Mars.
“If the sun had a big solar flare or big ejection, which is quite common, that would kill him.”
NASA’s Apollo astronauts avoided the same deadly problem when they walked on the moon.
dr Thaller continued, “One of the things about Apollo is that we knew we would get lucky with the astronauts on the moon.”
“In fact, between two of the Apollo missions, there was a major storm that probably would have killed astronauts if they had been on the moon.”
Musk has previously acknowledged the dangers of traveling to Mars.
He himself admitted that the first people to live on Mars will have a hard time.
In an episode of the Full Send podcast, the CEO of SpaceX predicted the quality of life for the first humans to arrive on the planet.
“It will be as dangerous as dying,” he warned. “But with time you can make it great.”
Despite her concerns, Dr. Thaller still would like to see humans on the Red Planet one day.
She told us, “I’d like to see humans on Mars.”
Nasa astronaut Stan Love previously told The US Sun how he believes a human colony on Mars will one day be possible.
He said, “Do I think it’s possible? Yes. Do I think it would be fun? No. I think it would be terrible.”
When asked if he thought 2050 was a realistic goal for the first human colony on Mars, Love simply replied, “No.”