SpaceX and Elon Musk has now presented their vision of making humans a multiplanetary species. Based on the new rocket engine Raptor the Interplanetary Transport System will take 100 people to Mars.
SpaceX pictures at Flickr
The Verge: SpaceX articles
Space.com: SpaceX’s Mars colonization in images
Video below: SpaceX’s Interplanetary Transport System:
SpaceX: www.SpaceX.com | SpaceX @ Youtube | SpaceX @ Flickr | Elon Musk @ Twitter
Wikipedia: SpaceX | Elon Musk | Mars | Raptor rocket engine | Interplanetary Transport System | Mars Colonization
Elon Musk is giving us more details about his Mars plans: cargo ships to Mars in 2018, humans to Mars in 2024, arriving in 2025:
Seekers: SpaceX to launch people to Mars in 8 years
More details will come in September at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara in Mexico.
Short notes, don’t miss the next attempt to expand the Bigelow BEAM module at the ISS tomorrow. Check out Space.com.
Ancient life on Mars? Check out Gizmodo.
While writing this I’m waiting for the next SpaceX launch of a Thaicom satellite.
About waiting, this book, Star Trek: The Official guide to our Universe is coming out next month.
The SpaceX CRS-8 landing at sea is fantastic.
Above is launch and landing of first stage. Below is the press conference. Elon Musk says at the end that he will talk about his plans for Mars at the International Astronautical Congress in Mexico in September.
It’s been one of the most interesting years for a long time with a couple of milestones. Missions to Pluto and Ceres. Discoveries about Mars. Blue Origin and SpaceX’s rocket stage landings. A really good year for space exploration.
Space.com: Biggest Spaceflight Moments of 2015
Space.com: Biggest Stories of 2015
The Planetary Society Radio: 2015: A Great Year for Space Exploration
Do not forget Yuri Milner’s SETI Breakthrough Initiative. I hope this initiative will bring us exciting news the coming years.
Space.com: Stephen Hawking helps launch massive search for E.T.
Wired: Largest ever search for E.T.
MAVEN and Mars Orbiter Mission (Mangalyaan) reached Mars in 2014 but are certainly part of space exploration in 2015. To see what’s up in the Solar System, please check out Olaf Frohn’s Armchair Astronautics.
Wikipedia: New Horizons | Dawn | Pluto | Ceres | SpaceX | MAVEN | Mars Orbiter Mission