“A community destroyed,” says a slogan in the trailer for a new documentary about a tiny neighborhood located within walking distance of Elon Musk’s SpaceX facilities in southern Texas.
“Vice Versa: Between Musk and Mars” (10pm, Vice TV) will air this evening (September 21). Manufacturers advertise it as an investigation into what happens when SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk “moves in next door and takes his rockets with him.”
Musk, they say, is quietly planning a takeover of the small Texas retirement village of Boca Chica, where he hopes to fire his rockets, house his employees, build a simulated Mars village, and eventually send 1 million people to Mars by 2050. In the process, they say, it is destroying a wildlife corridor and forcing local retirees out of their homes and community.
“I went from a nice, quiet vacation home to a war zone,” says one resident.
“You have to get out of the house to avoid injury,” says another, reading a notice sent to her.
On the other hand, Musk is also bringing jobs and diversifying the economy of one of the poorest counties in the United States.
“Between Musk and Mars” provides a look at presidents who refuse to leave the isolated village and the tactics SpaceX used to get them out of their homes. It’s a battle that was covered extensively in a story about the Atlantic earlier this year.