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PayPal founder to build city on Mars for vegetarians

Jan 08 2013, 01:11 IST
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SummaryPrivate space entrepreneur and billionaire co-founder of PayPal, Elon Musk, is planning to build a small city on Mars for 80,000 space explorers — but only vegetarians are invited

Private space entrepreneur and billionaire co-founder of PayPal, Elon Musk, is planning to build a small city on Mars for 80,000 space explorers — but only vegetarians are invited!

Musk, whose Falcon 9 rocket delivers NASA cargo to the International Space Station, wants to construct a futuristic settlement on the red planet. The new civilisation would run off sustainable technology and cater only to vegetarians, The Sun reported.

Speaking to Royal Aeronautical Society, Musk, 41, revealed he had been waiting 10 years to share his vision. “Then it seemed ridiculous because there were no rockets, no infrastructure and NASA was the only game in town — and it had no schedule for exploring Mars,” said the co-founder of Paypal, a global e-commerce business. The Royal Aeronautical Society last November awarded Musk, who founded his third company SpaceX in 2002, a gold medal for his contribution to space exploration.

The California-based engineer has previously talked about sending the Mass Cargo Transport rocket — powered by liquid oxygen and methane, to Mars — carrying volunteers for about £300,000 a person.

A well-respected private space entrepreneur, Musk — worth about £1.25 billion — has admitted the challenges remain daunting. These include the dangers of deep-space radiation, bone-rot and toxic dust.

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