Mission to Mars

Opening up the prospect of a new trading partnership for the UK, Tesla and PayPal founder Elon Musk has set out plans to travel to Mars by 2022, making the Red Planet an early contender for a new trade treaty. The SpaceX proposals seem feasible – the journey to Mars would take only c. 80 days, making it comparable to an eighteenth century ship crossing to America. More ambitiously, Musk hopes to establish a colony of over a million Martians by 2060 – making it more populous than EU countries such as Cyprus and Luxemburg. However, in order to successfully develop the Martian economy, Musk would need to convince people with a broad range of skills to make the initially perilous journey. So far Leonardo Di Caprio has signed up. Titanic 2?