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SpaceX was founded by Elon Musk in 2002 to make life multiplanetary. "You want to wake up in the morning and think the future is going to be great - and that’s what being a spacefaring civilization is all about," Musk says, "It’s about believing in the future and thinking that the future will be better than the past. And I can’t think of anything more exciting than going out there and being among the stars."
SpaceX is developing the technologies and spacecraft that will enable humanity to return to the lunar surface soon, and build a sustainable settlement on Mars before the year 2050. The aerospace company is developing its next-generation launch vehicle - Starship - at the South Texas Launch Facility, located in Boca Chica Beach. Musk runs around-the-clock operations to rapidly develop the vehicle that will launch hundreds of passengers to the Red Planet one day. He hopes to build the first colony on the Martian surface in his lifetime --"I would like to die on Mars. Just hopefully not at the point of impact," Musk has said on multiple occasions.
Tomorrow, Friday, October 16th, Musk will be a guest at a virtual Mars Society Convention where he will talk about SpaceX's Mars colonization plans and his vision for the future. The event will be Livestreamed online starting at 4:00 p.m. PST (7:00 pm EST). The Mars Society announced the virtual four-day space conference will be free and bring together 150 speakers. "...Key scientists, commercial space executives, government policymakers and space advocates to discuss the latest scientific developments and challenges related to the exploration of Mars and the eventual human settlement of the Red Planet," the Mars Society stated in its announcement. You can register to watch the conference via Mars Society's website: MarsSociety.org
#SpaceX CEO Elon Musk will join us virtually tomorrow (Friday, Oct. 16th) at 3:00 pm PST | 6:00 pm EST [UPDATED TIME] to provide our global audience with a special update about SpaceX & its plans for the #Moon & #Mars. For details, visit: https://t.co/Uo5bgowQAY. #marssoccon2020 pic.twitter.com/B8A56VdA53— The Mars Society (@TheMarsSociety) October 15, 2020
"A few weeks ago we were set to announce a traditional convention to be held at the excellent facilities offered by the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Unfortunately, the coronavirus epidemic intervened, making such as event impossible," Mars Society President Dr. Robert Zubrin said in a statement, "But necessity is the mother of invention, so we are going to try something totally new. If it works, it could become a model for how scientific congresses can be conducted worldwide from now on, with much lower cost and much wider participation. So let’s make it work!" he said.