SpaceX seems to want a piece of the Martian action as the American space company has been rumored to be interested in sending its very own mission to the red planet.
News about an impending announcement from SpaceX has been circulating both on mainstream and social media, with many observers believing that Elon Musk's company is launching a Mars mission itself.
Public interest on the big reveal seemingly increased following a recent tweet from NASA Spaceflight.com's managing editor Chris Bergin that hinted at SpaceX's plans for future projects.
In his Twitter post, Bergin wrote that while the space company's announcement may take several weeks or months before it could be released, he considers what he was just shown to be the "most exciting thing ever".
He later tweeted that he was not exaggerating in his previous post.
This tantalizing tease was enough to set social media ablaze, causing many to wonder of a possible Martian colony to be part of SpaceX's plans. One observer responded to the tease by suggesting that Bergin could have been shown a model or a video of the space company's supposed Mars Colony, while another Twitter user speculated that it could be the Mars Colonial Transporter that Musk's will use to ferry one million people to the red planet.
One observer responded to the tease by suggesting that Bergin could have been shown a model or a video of the space company's supposed Mars Colony, while another Twitter user speculated that it could be the Mars Colonial Transporter that Musk's will use to ferry one million people to the red planet.
While Bergin denied another observer's guess that the space journalist was shown a new EM Drive thruster, he did not offer any response to those who asked if it had something to do with the Mars Colonial Transporter.
Bergin instead answered speculations behind his tweet through a post on their website NASA Spaceflight.
He said that he is thrilled about SpaceX's announcement and that he personally considers it to be the most exciting piece of information he ever had the honor of seeing.
The space journalist went on to say that Musk's space company is more than one could have ever hoped for.
"We all know the forward plan, but I think we're all going to be blown away by just how big those plans are, even if only half of it becomes a reality," Bergin said.
Despite SpaceX's refusal to provide information whether news about the announcement is indeed true or comment on Bergin's tease on Twitter, the company's founder Musk himself helped fan the public's interest by posting a series of artistic depictions of a Dragon capsule landing on the Martian surface.