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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Next stop, Mars

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If Elon Musk has his way, humans will become an interplanetary species by as early as 2024.

Musk’s company, Space X, is currently testing the Raptor rocket engine, with a thrust “more than three times that of the current Falcon 9.” Its Red Dragon rocket is slated to transport “100 tons of cargo” to the red planet by 2018.  This cargo will be be used to help colonize Mars.

And who will pay for all this?  Musk is hoping for at least some funding from the government and scientific community.  Engadget reports that “a successful launch pad test of the Raptor will no doubt help his cause.”

Copyright September 29, 2016 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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