Musk wants to fly his flag on Mars, not the US flagOctober 14, 2020
By 2050, Elon Musk, an entrepreneur and head of SpaceX, wants to build a city for colonists on Mars, which, of course, will need a flag. A successful photograph of a Falcon 9 rocket taking off against the background of the Sun gave him an idea of how this flag should look.
Photographer John Kraus tweeted a snapshot of a Falcon 9 rocket taking off last Tuesday with cargo – another batch of 60 Starlink satellites on board – from the spaceport. Kennedy in Florida. The head of SpaceX Elon Musk immediately reacted to this photo, saying that “perhaps this should be the flag of Mars.”
In response to Musk’s comment, Kraus edited the photo to replace the Sun with Mars, Inverse reported.
This is not the first flag option for a potential human outpost on Mars. The Nebula award-winning novel Moving Mars by writer Greg Bear describes a blue and white cloth with a large red circle and two smaller ones representing Mars itself and its two moons.
Another idea came from Twitter user RealPatrickDaly in response to Musk and Kraus’s suggestion. Its design is based on a Boeing mug, which also depicts a rocket in front of the sun.
Musk’s comment once again reminded of the main goal of SpaceX – to create a colony of humanity on Mars. It is known that Musk plans to build a fleet of huge spaceships Starship and send the first astronauts to another planet as early as 2024. After the main life support systems are created there, it will be possible to begin expanding the colony.
It is possible that Musk’s desire to raise a non-Stars and Stripes flag over Mars will be received by NASA without enthusiasm. Last year, the agency’s chief financial officer Jeff DeWitt emphasized that the space race still exists, and it is imperative for the United States to beat China and other countries.
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