by Mike Pyatt
What entices deep pocketed futurist earthlings, to plunk down up to $250,000 a person to embark on a would-be, three-month voyage, fraught with incalculable risk, on former PayPal CEO, billionaire, Elon Musk’s SpaceX rocket to Mars? Is it the pioneering spirit of yesteryear? Or to see if one could grow pansies on Martian soil? Based on Musk’s recent comments, some conclude it’s his attempt to elude man’s eventual extinction on earth. He remarked, “But history suggests some doomsday event will happen.” Unlike Neville Shute’s characters, in his 1957, post-apocalyptic, On The Beach, Musk won’t sit in his electric Tesla, waiting for disaster. There’s already talk of a “pure democracy” where “everyone has a voice” on Mars. Does that sound familiar? Some estimate it could take forty years to establish a thriving Martian community. Will it be a celestial Shangri-La?