For those familiar with Elon Musk, the SpaceX CEO has been very public about his plans to bring humanity to Mars. As of the moment, Mars seems like a plan that is still very far from today but Elon Musk has suddenly clarified that going to Mars could happen as early as 2024 for the uncrewed flight!
SpaceX's Presence in Boca Chica
An article by The Atlantic was shared on Twitter in which Elon Musk replied to. The article included how Elon Musk moved to California, where SpaceX was reportedly headquartered. The article talked about SpaceX's presence in Boca Chica and painted a picture of what the first city could look like.
The article then detailed the first city, according to Musk, as made of pressurized glass domes. Elon Musk reportedly stated that they will terraform Mars in order to make the planet closely resemble Earth. The SpaceX CEO is now still more focused on the "getting there" part.
Elon Musk on Mars
In 2019, Elon Musk had an interview with Popular Mechanics wherein he called Mars life as "quite manageable." but noted that the planning will really focus on knowing what to do when they get there for food, water, and for fuel. He then noted that once people get there, it becomes straightforward.
According to a space analyst and the author of the book Rise of the Space Age Millennials, Laura Forczyk, NASA still remains to do fantastic work, but when it really comes down to changing the whole space sector, SpaceX is oftentimes the one people think of. Her book details how Millennial subjects actually pointed to SpaceX's achievements as their own source of inspiration.
SpaceX Mars Schedule
As of today, not a lot of Americans really believe that going back to the moon should actually be a priority and they are also not really jazzed about astronauts setting straight off for Mars, either. Although the government can push for the moon, unlike private company SpaceX, NASA has to at least explain where the government's money would go to and why.
When talking about Mars, one of the main questions that gets thrown around a lot is when will this finally happen? There have been speculations as to when the manned flights could happen to Mars and it pretty much seems like still far away. According to Elon Musk's reply on Twitter, a vague but still informative statement was given regarding the possible Mars flight.
Elon Musk was then asked on Twitter if he still aims to keep his target at a 2026 launch window. The answer by Musk, although non-definitive, noted that 2024 is actually not out of the question for an upcoming uncrewed flight and that it could happen soon. Although in no way is this target year final, it gives a glimpse at what year is Elon Musk entertaining for the upcoming Mars flight.
2024 is not out of the question for an uncrewed flight— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 6, 2021
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Written by Urian B.