SpaceX exec says Elon Musk's Boring Company could dig out homes on Mars
Maybe it'd be easier for Matt Damon to grow potatoes there.
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"I think the Boring Company could be the way that we house people on Mars. We'll have to dig tunnels for folks," Shotwell told CNBC.
This makes sense because a key challenge to living on Mars (and there are many) will be the intense levels of radiation the planet receives from space due to its lack of a strong magnetic field, which is what protects us from those destructive particles here on Earth.
To avoid exposure to lethal amounts of radiation, colonists would need to be shielded behind a protective layer and several feet of Martian rock might be able to do the job.
So all those pretty renderings we've seen of a Mars habitat inside a clear bubble on the red planet's surface might not turn out to be practical, especially if the Boring Company can make it easier to dig out a protected living space instead.
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Shotwell added that there's plenty of sharing going on within Musk's empire, from SpaceX borrowing Tesla's battery technology to the possibility that a planned SpaceX satellite broadband service could help connect Tesla vehicles on the road.
The executive also said she doesn't want to stop with Mars. She sees it as a stepping stone to entering a new universe of aliens and other concepts right out of science fiction.
"Like what you see in the TV shows: Firefly, Battlestar Galactica, Star Wars. I want to meet other people, or whatever they call themselves. I think that really should be the ultimate goal."
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