Elon Musk says moon-based Mars could preserve civilization during WWIII

Elon Musk, the founder of Space X, said there was “some probability” that there would be another Dark Ages, “especially if there is a Third World War”.

By Agence France-Presse | Agence France-Presse, Washington

UPDATE MARCH 12, 2018 1:50 p.m. IST

Bases on the moon and Mars could help preserve human civilization and accelerate its regeneration on earth in the event of World War III, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk said on Sunday.

Musk, the founder of rocket and spacecraft company SpaceX, said the company’s interplanetary ship could begin test flights as early as next year.

There is “some probability” that there will be another Dark Ages, “especially if there is a Third World War,” Musk said at the SXSW conference.

“We want to make sure there is enough seed of human civilization elsewhere to bring civilization back, and possibly shorten the duration of the Dark Ages,” he said.

“I think a moon base and a Martian base that could maybe help regenerate life here on earth would be really important.”

Musk said he believes SpaceX’s interplanetary ship will be “capable of doing short flights, ascending and descending short flights, possibly in the first half of next year.”

SpaceX last month launched the world’s most powerful rocket, the Falcon Heavy, sending Musk’s red Tesla Roadster car into orbit near Mars.

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