Cosmonaut believes that Musk's plans for Mars are only possible in the very long term

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Russian cosmonaut Alexander Grebenkin believes that magnate Elon Musk's ambitions to colonize Mars are plans for the future, since there are currently no technologies that allow such a mission.


“Maybe one day that time will come, now it may seem very, very far away for us, but maybe there will be technologies that allow us to do this, but at the moment I don't see such technologies yet,” commented the cosmonaut.

Furthermore, he invoked the words of Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, one of the founding fathers of astronautics, who said that “the Earth is the cradle of humanity, but humanity cannot remain in the cradle forever.”

At the time his words were perceived as science fiction, Grebenkin said. Without drawing any parallels between Tsiolkovsky and Musk, the Russian cosmonaut emphasized that a trip to Mars requires solve a huge series of problems, most of which have not yet been addressed.

“Solutions in many areas are not yet entirely obvious,” the cosmonaut said, pointing out the need for innovative technologies in “radiation protection, life support and, strange as it may seem, in psychological aspects.”

Being in some kind of confined space for a long time, even when people have good contact with each other, is still something that requires separate study, the cosmonaut said.

“I think that in many countries scientists are working on this and I think that one day we will be there, since now Elon Musk is making plans for the future,” he added.

Grebenkin is part of the four-person crew of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Crew-8 mission to the International Space Station (ISS), aboard a SpaceX spacecraft. called Endeavor. This mission is part of the NASA-Roscosmos cross-flight collaboration to the ISS.

Musk, owner of SpaceX, has plans to colonize Mars and is building the Starship spacecraft for this purpose, in addition to announcing plans to send one million people to the red planet by 2050. Industry experts consider that goal to be unrealistic.

In statements to Sputnik

Octavio Alonso