ELON MUSK has revealed everything he knows about alien life as he unveiled SpaceX’s new Starship rocket, claiming if anyone were to know about ET, it would be him.
The tech entrepreneur was speaking at the unveiling of SpaceX’s most impressive rocket to date, the Starship, in Boca Chica, Texas, when the subject of aliens came up. Mr Musk, who reportedly has a net worth of a staggering $20.1billion (£16.1billion), told the audience he is yet to see any signs of alien activity – but he would be the one to know if there was any indication of extraterrestrial life. The 48-year-old said: “As far as we know, we’re the only consciousness, or the only life that’s out there.
“There might be other life, but we’ve seen no signs of it.
“People often ask me ‘what do you know about the aliens?’ and I’m like, ‘man, I tell you, pretty sure I’d know if there were aliens. I’ve not seen any sign of aliens’.
“The reality is, as far as we know, this is the only place, at least in this part of the galaxy or in the Milky Way, where there is consciousness.
“It appears that consciousness is a very rare and precious thing, and we should take whatever steps we can to preserve the light of consciousness.
Mr Musk added, jokingly: ”If they are here, I hope they’re nice. You know, they haven’t killed us yet — so they must be not that bad.”
On Saturday, September 28, the South African-born billionaire unveiled a prototype of the Starship Mk1rocket which will take humans to the Moon, Mars and “beyond”.
Standing in front of a prototype of the 164ft (50m) tall, 200-ton, or 1,400 tons when fully loaded, SpaceX Starship, Mr Musk said that the rocket will be placed in Earth’s orbit within six months to test the machine.
The Starship prototype, displayed alongside SpaceX’s original Falcon 1 rocket on Saturday, is constructed of eye-catching stainless steel instead than the carbon composite or aluminium-based materials.
This gives the SpaceX Starship “exceptional thermal properties” and a lower cost.
A refined Starship paired with a SpaceX Super Heavy booster stage will increase the rocket’s height to 387ft (117m) and capable of carrying 220,000 pounds.
The spaceship will also include the functions for “orbital refilling”, which would allow fuel to be transferred from spacecraft to spacecraft in Earth’s orbit – something which Mr Musk said is easier to do than docking at the International Space Station (ISS).
He added: “This is one of the other critical pieces of the puzzle to establish a base on the moon or Mars.
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