HAWTHORNE― In a recent Reddit AMA that featured billionaire and visionary Elon Musk, the CEO hinted at a possible acceleration in his plans to start a colony on Mars in order to avoid the outcome of the U.S. presidential election.
He was indeed boisterous about the specifications on the newest addition to the SpaceX family of boosters, tentatively named the Falcon 9 Block 5, and had much to say about utilizing carbon fiber frames to build habitable domes on mars.
However, he also quietly mentioned later in the thread a sort of urgency to leave Earth permanently before November 8th, coinciding with the date of the election: “Originally, our plan was to slowly populate Mars by transporting people every 24 months. But, in this last month I’ve decided that I want to get the hell off this godforsaken planet as soon as humanly possible”.
He continued by mentioning that he understood the risks of such a hasty mission. “I know this goes completely against everything that I’ve been planning for my entire adult life, and that I might very well be responsible for the deaths of dozens of people including myself along the way, but I would gladly accept that fate than see the country through to the end of this catastrophic election”.
Musk was later seen quickly packing his bags without folding his clothing or putting his toiletries in a separate bag, according to eye-witnesses.