Elon Musk Wants to Land Spaceships on Mars in 2024

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Elon Musk Wants to Land Spaceships on Mars in 2024

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Mayzee Hsu, Opinion Editor

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PayPal and SpaceX founder Elon Musk is known for his ambitious ideas, such as the Hyperloop (*an underground subway-like transportation system for vehicles) built under Los Angeles to defeat slow traffic. This time Musk is planning something in the near future, which is to launch spaceships up to Mars in 2024. He first announced this mission Friday morning (Sept. 29) at the 68th International Astronautical Congress in Australia. ITS spaceships are containers roughly 40-foot-wide ITS boosters that feature 42 Raptor engines, which are built by SpaceX for Elon Musk’s plan of colonizing Mars. Instead of using ITS spaceships, BFRs, short for Big Falcon Rockets, are used. Tweaks are made by lowering the boosters’ width to be about 30 feet and sport “just” 31 Raptor engines. Musk says “the BFR booster will be capable of lifting 150 tons to low Earth orbit, making it more powerful than NASA’s Saturn V moon rocket, which could only launch 135 tons.” The BFRs are presumed to be able to reach Mars in a matter of 3-6 months, due to having six Raptor engines. In 2022, SpaceX is planning to send uncrewed ships to Mars before then. The BFR is not a Mars-only system; the spaceship will be able to land anywhere in space. They also plan to put the BFR to work closer to home; the system can be used to launch satellites, resupply the International Space Station, and clean up space debris. The BFR could even end up taking passengers from here on Earth in a short period of time. It’s 2017; we should have a lunar base by now,” he said.

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