A Woman on Mars.
I am not sure what your plan is in 2013 and what’s your wish for the new year.
Some 34,000 people wanted to build Death Star and wrote a petition to the White House asking for it, supposedly for the purpose of galactic domination. Unfortunately the estimated budget of USD 840 quadrillion required for the mission makes it a complex demand in these though economic times and I am pleased to read that the US Administration doesn’t support blowing up planets (PS I would love to see the rationale for that budgeted amount!)
Some other people want to build a human colony on Mars. To these people Nasa gives supplier contracts. I am obviously talking about Elon Musk, arguably one of the most inspiring entrepreneurs in the world, according to many, for sure according to me. Being a good entrepreneur he set up a budget, gathered a team, built a coalition and, of course, set up a company: SpaceX.
So I start 2013 with two certainties and one question. First, I am sure we are not going to build the Death Star. Second, I am sure Mars is one step closer now that Musk and team – the Musketeers- are working on it.
My question is: which humanity we will be sending on Mars. The dreamers are going there to push the boundaries on mankind further, to explore, to understand, perhaps to get one step closer to other civilizations. But after the explorer and the dreamers, all the other will follow. Are we going as greedy colonialist to exploit the planet? Will we militarize it bringing our rivalries or our hope to restart? Will we go on the red planet bringing equal right for all? Men and women, with no boundaries, no ethnicity , no discrimination to divide us?
On May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy went in front of congress asking for the resources to send a man on the moon and bring him back safe. An American male president, preparing to send an American male hero in space. That decision was part of a technological and political race that almost brought us to World War III and was male business. A man indeed landed on the moon and there wasn’t any world war.
For 2013, and onward, I am pretty confident that the goal of building a colony on Mars is taken well care of by Elon Musk. My endeavor will be to create a world where a woman President embarks on the inspiring mission of putting a woman on Mars. I invite you to follow this endeavor unfolding by following Wedu.