What SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Launch Means for Getting Humans to Mars

Live Science | 2/7/2018 | Staff
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SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket launched yesterday (Feb. 6) in its historic maiden flight from the same launchpad that brought the Apollo missions to the moon. Besides breaking records as the most powerful rocket and spitting out a "midnight cherry" Tesla Roadster for a long and possibly violent life in deep space, the launch is a key stepping-stone in the company's quest to bring colonists to Mars.

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Now, however, the Trump administration says the moon is the next destination for NASA astronauts, Live Science sister site Space.com reported. Mars will come sometime after that, the administration said.

Musk had other, different ideas: Writing in June 2017 in the journal New Space, he said that going to Mars is the only way to build a sustainable multiplanet species.

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"I have nothing against going to the moon, but I think it is challenging to become multi-planetary on the moon because it is much smaller than a planet," Musk wrote. "It does not have any atmosphere. It is not as resource-rich as Mars ... in general, Mars is far better-suited ultimately to scale up to be a self-sustaining civilization."

Musk's plans — which he discusses in the New Space article and in part at a 2016 conference — outlines a system to bring a million people to Mars. Naturally, SpaceX technology will be key in that endeavor, he has said.

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SpaceX has a bunch of projects on the go besides the Falcon Heavy. Today, it regularly flies a cargo spacecraft called Dragon to the International Space Station, launching it there using a more lightweight SpaceX rocket called Falcon 9. SpaceX is also building a human-rated version of the Dragon spacecraft that is expected to begin...
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