SpaceX founder Elon Musk is working towards making life multiplanetary to ‘preserve the light of consciousness’. He believes that we must become a multiplanet species in order to ensure continuance of life in the universe. “If we make life multiplanetary, there may come a day when some plants & animals die out on Earth, but are still alive on Mars,” he said on Friday. SpaceX is developing a fleet of hundreds Starships to colonize the Red Planet before the year 2050. The spacecraft is undergoing testing at SpaceX’s South Texas Launch Site, located at Boca Chica Beach in Cameron County, TX, near the City of Brownsville. Musk calls the region the ‘Gateway to Mars’ where SpaceX’s first ‘21st Century Spaceport’ is under construction.
The Musk Foundation donated over $400K USD to IDEA Public Schools in South Texas, according to an announcement by the school district. “IDEA schools in Cameron County have been awarded $459,000 from Elon Musk’s Foundation to enhance science education programming! This grant will ensure deeper engagement in science curriculum & strengthened skills in math & reading. We're so grateful!” a school representative shared via Twitter today. It is important that future generations have the tools, knowledge, and skills to shape the future and achieve their dreams, especially in a region where SpaceX’s Starship will liftoff from.
IDEA schools in Cameron County have been awarded $459,000 from @elonmusk Foundation to enhance science education programming! This grant will ensure deeper engagement in science curriculum & strengthened skills in math & reading. We're so grateful! *Photos taken prior to COVID-19 pic.twitter.com/7jNxBAiVq4— IDEA Public Schools (@IDEAschools) April 19, 2021
The donation announcement comes after Musk shared that he would donate $30 Million to help improve Cameron County –“Am donating $20M to Cameron County schools & $10M to City of Brownsville for downtown revitalization,” he wrote via Twitter on March 30. Long-term, Cameron County will become the new Space Coast from where future space explorers will launch to other worlds. Last week, NASA officially selected SpaceX to develop a Starship Lunar Lander to land astronauts on the Moon under the Artemis Program that aims to take the first woman and next man to the lunar surface by 2024. SpaceX targets to conduct the first uncrewed mission to Mars before 2026. Engineers are working hard to achieve the ambitious timeline, the Starship SN15 prototype is undergoing preparations to conduct the next high-altitude flight test this month. Stay tuned with Tesmanian.com for launch updates.
Am donating $20M to Cameron County schools & $10M to City of Brownsville for downtown revitalization. Details to follow next week.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 30, 2021
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