Elon Musk is on a mission to make humans multiplanetary species by building an independent city on Mars.
The technical tycoon billionaire said that the spacecraft “Starship”, designed by his rocket company SpaceX, could take off on its first flight to Mars in 2024. In the end, he hopes that the rocket will transport people en masse to the red planet . His goal is to build a city of 1 million Martians by 2050.
Legendary director Werner Herzog believes this would be a “mistake”.
“I think Elon Musk is styling himself as a kind of technological visionary,” Herzog told Inverse. “Because he has to sell his electric cars. It̵
But, he added, “I disagree with him when he postulates and preaches about colonizing Mars.”
Humans “should not be like locusts,” Herzog said, but should instead “strive to keep our planet habitable.”
Musk argues that the Earth cannot be inhabited forever and that the human species must outlive it. If the climate crisis does not make our planet inhospitable to human life, the impact of an asteroid can easily do so. Even if we are lucky, in a few billion years the rising sun will boil from the Earth’s oceans and eventually expand to engulf our planet completely.
For Musk, colonizing Mars was the first step toward escaping that fate. But Herzog told Inverse he was not convinced.
“I have to tell not only Elon Musk, but everyone,” he said. “It’s obscenity. Only thought is obscenity.”
He compares the entrepreneur’s plans to the rise and fall of 20th-century communism and fascism.
“Thank God, both of these giant utopias have been put to an end,” he said, adding that the same would happen to the Martian city of Musk. “Our century will very quickly put an end to a technological utopia like the colonization of Mars.”
Still, the Duke said he “would like to go [to Mars] with a camera with scientists. “