Yes, defecting to Mars during Trump's presidency is theoretically possible
This would have seemed like more of a joke during the previous presidential election cycle. However, SpaceX — and specifically tech entrepreneur Elon Musk — is deadly serious about trying to send the first Martian settlers sometime in 2022 or 2024. Boeing is also eager to put boots on Mars, and soon.
Assuming that timeline holds and Trump is reelected in 2020, moving to the red planet during his presidency might actually be an option for a small number of people.
Musk's lifetime goal is to see a million people on Mars because he wants a "backup drive" for humanity, just in case some major disaster — extraterrestrial or otherwise — ruins Earth. And he wants tickets to be semi-affordable at about $200,000 or less per person.
To that end, the SpaceX CEO further outlined his plan to colonize Mars on September 27, including how his Interplanetary Transport System of rockets, spaceships, fuel pods, and other crucial components would get the job done. Still, the full presentation at the International Astronomical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico, barely scratched the surface.
So Musk recently logged onto Reddit to let his most discerning fans squeeze more details about the plan from him during an "Ask Me Anything" Q&A session.
His responses were a bit technical, yet revealing — so we'll break down each phase of Mars colonization, which he laid out in bullet-point form during the AMA (primarily in response to question asked by Reddit user El-Psy-Kangaroo).
Check out what would need to happen below: