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Do the sums behind Musk’s space colony mission add up?

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How much might a freight forwarder charge to blast your order from Earth to Mars?Elon Musk told US podcaster Lex Fridman in December that establishing a “self-sustaining civilisation” on Mars will remain science fiction until the cost of flying goods there falls by a factor of 1,000 from its current level of bn to around m per ton, or “ideally much less”. A cool million is still pretty expensive, even when the recent surge in the cost of boring old earthbound trade is taken into account. Musk thinks 1m tons of materials would be needed to build the necessary infrastructure on what he admits is “a doer-upper” of a planet. So that adds up to tn; a pretty hefty price tag.According to Musk, though, it’s vital that humanity makes life on Mars a reality by cutting transportation

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