Elon Musk doubles down on founding human colony on Mars in five-word tweet

Elon Musk doubled down on his comments regarding human colonies on Mars with a five-word tweet.

The SpaceX boss previously said we must prioritise Martian colonisation if we are to survive as a species.

"It’s important to get a self-sustaining base on Mars because it’s far enough away from earth that [in the event of a war] it’s more likely to survive than a moon base," he said in 2018.

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"If there’s a third world war we want to make sure there’s enough of a seed of human civilisation somewhere else to bring it back and shorten the length of the dark ages."

In 2021 he laid out the vision for his aerospace firm SpaceX. Musk said then: "We don’t want to be one of those single planet species, we want to be a multi-planet species.

"It’s been now almost half a century since humans were last on the moon. That’s too long, we need to get back there and have a permanent base on the moon — again, like a big permanently occupied base on the moon.

"And then build a city on Mars to become a spacefaring civilisation, a multi-planet species."

Today (Wednesday, May 3) he reiterated those sentiments, boiling them down to just five words.

He was replying to a tweet that showed an image of Earth from space with the caption: "What would you do in this situation??"

"Extend consciousness to the stars," was the Tesla CEO's reply.

The tweet has since been liked more than 7,000 times with Musk fans seemingly keen to relocate to the Big Red Planet.

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