Elon Musk Has a Successful Rocket That Will Take You to Mars
Coming soon to an airport near you.
Elon Musk’s dream to make human life interplanetary is coming true, and maybe in 10 years or less. He successfully tested the SpaceX raptor engine and has high hopes that he can send you to Mars soon.
Musk started SpaceX with the ultimate goal of transporting humans to Mars, and has spoken about his own dreams of living on the planet and even dying there—"just not on impact.” He has said he expects SpaceX to make an unmanned mission to Mars by 2018, using existing technology. He plans to use the Raptor engine for a manned Mars mission by 2025.
SpaceX has yet to carry humans into outer space, but it has won a contract from NASA to carry U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station as soon as next year.
Earlier this year, one of SpaceX’s Mars rocket hopefuls exploded on launch at Cape Canaveral. Though the cause has yet to be determined, Musk claims that if there were astronauts on board, they would have been safe in the capsule.
SpaceX continues to push forward with testing new spacecraft, and expects to return to space by November.
Interested in colonizing Mars with Musk? He’ll be talking about his grand plans today at 1:30 PM CT at a space conference. You can watch the whole thing live on SpaceX.