A Future on Mars: SpaceX Paves the Way for Life Away From Earth


A Future on Mars: SpaceX Paves the Way for Life Away From Earth






SpaceX is on the frontline of the space frontier exploration race, and plans to have a city on Mars by 2050. Since SpaceX was founded by Elon Musk in 2002, they have made many breakthroughs in space travel technology that will make our dreams of life away from Earth a reality. 

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“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.””

— Elon Musk, SpaceX Founder

SpaceX was the first space company to use a rocket with liquid fuel (Falcon 1) funded entirely by private capital. In 2015, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launched 11 communications satellites into orbit, a historical achievement, and landed back upright on land, the first ever to do so outside of testing. In March of 2017, Elon Musk’s company achieved the first successful reflight of an orbital class rocket. One of the main goals of SpaceX is to reduce the costs of space travel, and reusable rockets is the key to achieving that goal. Back in 2014, SpaceX received a contract from NASA for $2.6 billion, and a second version awarded in 2016 that covers a minimum of six additional flights from 2019 onward, helping accelerate SpaceX projects by providing funding. SpaceX’s most recent achievement is the launching of Falcon Heavy and re-landing all three of its boosters. The rocket also placed another satellite in orbit while performing this feat. This is significant because the Falcon Heavy is capable of making a trip to Mars with people and supplies, and allows for the establishment of a base and eventually a self-sustaining city on the red planet.

SpaceX hopes to send its first cargo mission to Mars in 2022, with the purpose of “confirming water sources, identifying hazards, and putting in place initial power, mining, and life support infrastructure.” In 2024, SpaceX plans to have a second mission with both cargo and crew, to establish a fueling station and prepare for future flights. Eventually, the company plans to establish a base on Mars from which they can branch out to build a self-sustaining civilization on Mars. SpaceX will accomplish this with their BFR rocket, composed of the Super-Heavy booster and Starship rocket, which is designed for commercial use in the transport of passengers. They also plan to use this rocket for transportation from one place on Earth to another by first leaving orbit and then touching back down. The rocket can travel around half the world in thirty minutes, and will not have to worry about weather flight cancellations as much as it is far above the clouds. SpaceX hopes to use reusable rocket technology to open up space travel for all Americans, not just the elite.