While we've heard a lot about SpaceX's bold mission to send the first human settlers to Mars, many are wondering where these first Red Planet visitors will live, and senior Mars developer Paul Wooster has just given us a very exciting answer to this question.
According to CNet, the first unmanned SpaceX mission planned on Mars in 2022 is scheduled with manned missions a few years later. It is unknown if there are robots that could help to create a human habitat, or whether humans will build their own living environment. But one thing is certain: people need a stable habitat to create a sustainable habitat for themselves and future settlers on Mars.
Speaking in Pasadena at the 21
Paul Wooster later added that the first humans on Mars will most likely use a BFR spacecraft to live after landing. This would make the most sense since the various systems available in the BFR would be very useful, and leaving the BFRs would create an excellent early-life habitat for human settlers.
"They are already very valuable on the surface of Mars, they would actually leave most of the ships and they would use the different systems to support the activities there very early on they would sit there indefinitely."
SpaceX's Paul Wooster, chief Mars development engineer, gave a few pointers on Friday about where the first people to send SpaceX to Mars will actually live. https://t.co/OMgVCuQEeA
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Wooster pointed out that the BFR spacecraft would remain on Mars for some time after the people as they landed It would be invaluable when it comes to housing, and would be much more helpful in that capacity than if they were used for transportation. The first humans on Mars would then be able to live there quite comfortably, while the construction work for future settlers took place elsewhere.
It is SpaceX's plan not only to build a small outpost on Mars, but to make the first small community of people into a big city that will continue to grow over time, and given the fact that the capacity of the BFR so "100 tons (90.719 kg) of payload to the surface of Mars," the first settlers can easily hold, will be able to bring a lot of cargo with it to the Red Planet.
With the arrival of SpaceX to bring the first humans to Mars, it will be fascinating to see them entering their new living environment. which in this case looks like it's just a BFR spacecraft right from the start.