SpaceX founder Elon Musk is hell-bent on sending humanity to Mars. He envisions a fleet of Starships lifting off with hundreds of passengers to build a self-sustaining settlement on the Red Planet. It sounds like something that only happens in Sci-Fi films, but his aerospace company runs around-the-clock operations to actually make this ambitious endeavor a reality. “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. 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,” says Musk.
Mars is a great candidate for becoming a second home planet for humanity. “At an average distance of 140 million miles, Mars is one of Earth’s closest habitable neighbors,” says SpaceX on its website. “Mars is about half again as far from the Sun as Earth is, so it still has decent sunlight. It is a little cold, but we can warm it up. Its atmosphere is primarily CO2 [carbon dioxide] with some nitrogen and argon and a few other trace elements, which means that we can grow plants on Mars just by compressing the atmosphere,” SpaceX states, “Gravity on Mars is about 38% of that of Earth, so you would be able to lift heavy things and bound around. Furthermore, the day is remarkably close to that of Earth.”
Today, April 10, SpaceX shared an inspiring video animation via YouTube called ‘Starship Mission to Mars’ which gives a brief glimpse of how the Starship launch system will operate when it embarks on a voyage to the Red Planet from the Starbase launch site. The video animation includes a digital depiction of two Starship launch towers at Starbase illuminated with cool neon lights which makes it look Sci-Fi futuristic. In the video shown below, SpaceX also demonstrates how Starship will be refueled in Low Earth Orbit with another Starship that will act as a ‘tank’ to carry propellant so that the ships can embark on the long-duration trip. A voyage to Mars would last approximately 6 to 8 months depending on how far Mars is from Earth when it lifts off.
Starship is destined to become the world's largest, most powerful rocket ever developed. Each ship will be capable of transporting at least 150 tons of cargo or 100 passengers. Musk previously mentioned that Starship will have private cabins for sleeping and also a recreational area where the crew can hangout during their journey. The first Starships can also initially serve as living quarters on Mars because the passenger ships will have life support systems. Ultimately, a fleet of Starships is needed to deliver megatons of useful cargo to build the ‘Mars Base Alpha’ base. SpaceX is still developing the launch system and aims to perform the first-ever uncrewed orbital flight test later this month. The test flight will help engineers gather data to improve the rocket-ship’s design and speed its development. Watch SpaceX's ‘Starship Mission to Mars’ animation linked below.
VIDEO: SpaceX Starship Mission to Mars
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