Billionaire space entrepreneur wants vegetarian-only colony on Mars

An artist's concept of a Mars mission. (NASA-Pat Rawlings, SAIC )
An artist's concept of a Mars mission. (NASA-Pat Rawlings, SAIC )
An artist's concept of a Mars mission. (<strong class='StrictlyAutoTagBold'><figcaption class=NASA–Pat Rawlings, SAIC )” src=”” width=”660″ height=”425″ /> An artist’s concept of a Mars mission. (NASAPat Rawlings, SAIC )

A US billionaire and co-founder of PayPal, Elon Musk, has made plans to build a settlement for 80,000 people on Mars when technology makes it possible for man to live there – as long as the inhabitants are vegetarians.

Musk is a considered one of America’s most respected private space entrepreneurs and was in charge of creating SpaceX, a space transport company that produced the Falcon 9 rocket that delivers NASA cargo to the International Space Station.

Musk, who is worth about $2 billion, revealed his tactics in a speech at the Royal Aeronautical Society. He was in attendance in order to be presented with a gold medal forhiscontribution to space exploration in November.

While the idea of a city on Mars may seem far-fetched, scientists predict human settlements on the red planet and elsewhere in space could occur in the near future, possibly within ten years. Eric Anderson, a leading entrepreneur in the industry and chairman of Space Adventures, told RT that technology has almost reached the level where tourists can be sent to space.

“I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that there will be a space hotel within the next ten years, in orbit around the Earth,” he said in October.

Musk plans to take it a few steps further by building a city for 80,000 space explorers. The new city would use sustainable technology and send people to space on a rocket powered by liquid oxygen and met