90. SpaceX & Elon Musk’s Mission to Mars, Part 1 (Tim Urban)

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Tim Urban of Wait but Why joins Nick to cover SpaceX & Elon Musk’s Mission to Mars, Part 1. We will address questions including:

  • Tim Urban SpaceX and Elon Musk's MissionTim, can you start us off by telling us your story and how that led to the launch of Wait but Why?
  • You’ve written about Space travel, AI, the Fermi Paradox, Procrastination, Cryogenics and much more… Where do you come up w/ your topic ideas?
  • Today I want to talk about your interaction w/ Elon and specifically the story you put together on SpaceX… to start off, how did you first get connected w/ Elon?
  • You’ve also done a specific feature on Elon as well as Tesla… can you talk about why you felt it was so important to do this piece on SpaceX?
  • When discussing Musk’s Mission to put 1M people on Mars… one first needs to understand the nature of extinction events. You introduce that well by presenting a bet between two aliens, Zurple and Quignee, on the planet Uvuvuwu. Can you walk us through the bet and why they are making it?
  • Can you talk about the number and magnitude of extinction events that the earth has already experienced and the potential causes of extinction events?
  • You use a hard drive analogy to explain why Musk wants to put 1M people on Mars. Can you recap this analogy?
  • Can you describe your discussion w/ Elon on ‘A Will’ and ‘A Way’ and how this led him to the mission of revolutionizing the cost of space travel?
  • Can you give us an overview of the major costs for rockets and how SpaceX has and potentially will continue to significantly lower these costs?

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