Currently, Starship prototypes are being tested at Boca Chica in Texas in the hope they will be able to land, do a flip maneuver, and then land vertically. SN11 launched the other day, and unlike predecessor SN10, it exploded right before or during the landing.
When Starship does take off for Mars, Grimes will be there with the first colonizers. In fact, she is “ready to die with the red dirt of Mars beneath my feet,” she writes in a caption to an impromptu photoshoot at Starbase in Texas, where SN11 took off a short while later.
To anyone following the musician, her admission would hardly come as a surprise. She spoke about it in a recent Q&A posted to her social media, saying she was looking forward to relocating to the Red Planet once she was 50. Grimes is 38 now, for the record. “Manual labor until death most likely, but hopefully that can change,” she added with a laugh.
As talk of space tourism intensifies, not everyone is thrilled at the prospect, though. Greta Thunberg, for one, would like to draw attention to the fact that only a small percentage of the world’s population will be able to relocate to another planet (at some hypothetical moment in time). That means the rest will be left on Earth to die or deal with the disastrous consequences of climate change.