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Imagine a colony of one million people living on the red planet Mars. Although this idea sounds preposterous, it is the wish of SpaceX CEO and the greatest innovator of the 21st century, Elon Musk. SpaceX is causing a rapid decrease in the costs of space flight by making use of smart recycling of materials and Elon’s plans to put a man on mars within the coming decades seem less far-fetched every day.

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Date 20 June 2018
Time 12:00 - 13:00

It needs to be mentioned however that these plans have also received a lot of criticism from experts, calling them a show of inflated confidence, and that a lot more work is needed before Elon Musk’s dreams come to reality. How close are we really to reaching the next stage of human colonization of Mars? This will be the topic of this month’s BètaBreak on 20 June. We will discuss what is actually needed to reach Mars and to live there, and how it will influence human society if this happens. 


  • Arno Wielders - co-founder Mars One
  • Erik Laan - founder of Eye on Orbit


During the monthly BètaBreak a current science-related issue is being discussed. The BètaBreak is an initiative of science students at the UvA, supported by the Faculty of Science.

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