Space X’s Mission: Sustainability

Imagine you are walking on top of the vast, red soil. Each step you take is difficult because of the weight of your boots. The pebbles underneath you crunch as if you’re walking in snow. Miles and miles of barren soil are followed by a distant, massive mountain range coming into view. The irritating sound from what you’re wearing gets carried away in the wind as you walk. No forms of life are present: no plants, no animals, no humans. With no support or anyone to talk to, there’s a feeling of desperation that echoes. Although it is empty now, imagine Mars, filled with crowded cities and futuristic technology. I have hope that in the future, human life will not only exist on Earth, but also on Mars.

SpaceX is a company, founded by Elon Musk, that has been working on sending humans to Mars. This company believes in allowing human life on other planets, making history by being the first company to accomplish this, and simultaneously, using reusable rockets. The company started when Musk sent seeds to Mars in an attempt to grow life, and subsequently, increased the NASA budget. Now, this company is focused on sustainability: they are trying to account for the needs of future generations by establishing life on Mars, allowing the continuous survival of humanity. The United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development defines sustainable development as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” This definition matches the intent of SpaceX’s program because SpaceX is trying to ensure that once Earth’s resources are depleted, humans can survive elsewhere.

Another way SpaceX will maintain sustainability is to send people to the international space station at a lower cost. A launch program allows NASA to use the space station’s microgravity environment to conduct more science experiments —  in pharmaceuticals, materials science, astronomy, medicine, and more (McFall-Johnson et al., 2020). Furthermore, one advantage of colonizing Mars is the scientific potential that may be unlocked, since Mars is billions of years older than Earth. Moreover, a secondary vision of the company is to expand transportation on Mars. According to Hanneke Weitering, Editor and writer for the online news site Space.com, “SpaceX will land at least two uncrewed cargo ships on the Red Planet before sending any humans there…. Those cargo missions would bring supplies, such as life-support systems and power generators, that the first astronauts on Mars will need when they set up camp” (Weitering, 2019). 

I’m intrigued by SpaceX’s sustainable mission and the possibility of space discovery. SpaceX stimulates my courage to explore all things. What do you think about SpaceX and its mission?