Alan Musk Reconnaissance SpaceX could land on Mars by 2024

Pablo Tucker
October 20, 2020

"Musk also said that if not for the orbital mechanics, SpaceX could be sending a mission to Mars in three years", although Mars and the Earth will not be aligned in their best position.

"I think we have a fighting chance of making that second Mars transfer window", Musk said in a conversation with Mars Society originator Robert Zubrin. This is why three robotic missions were launched to the Red Planet - including NASA's Perseverance rover - within weeks of one another, this July. Although there will be an earlier launch opportunity in 2022, Musk was referring to the Mars launch window in 2024.

SpaceX will make its debut Unmanned mission to Mars on its massive starship rocket.

Musk has since quite a while ago said that people need to set up a permanent and self-supporting presence on Mars to guarantee "the continuance of consciousness as we know it" - just in the event that planet Earth is left appalling by a something like an nuclear war or a space rock strike.

As it stands, the 2024 Mars mission isn't created to set up the Mars colony Musk has often spoken about, but it will focus on simpler tasks such as carrying cargo and taking humans to and from the red planet. SpaceX is likewise wanting to utilize Starship for missions to the moon beginning in 2022, just as highlight point trips around the Earth.

"SpaceX faces its single biggest challenge, which is the transportation system. There's all sorts of other systems that are going to be needed", Zubrin said in his chat to Musk. Musk hopes early prototypes will reach orbit for the first time next year.

SpaceX on Saturday launched two Americans into orbit from Florida on a mission to mark NASA astronauts' first space flight off US soil in nine years. Musk indicated SpaceX would "probably lose a few ships" before development on the Starship was sturdy enough to carry humans to Mars.

SpaceX founder Elon Musk.

While Musk is known to have too stringent timelines, if he is correct, then SpaceX can proceed with its first Mars mission in the same year when NASA launches its Artemis program to bring astronauts to return to the moon.

NASA has selected SpaceX to develop a starship lunar lander for the agency's Artemis project, which aims to send the first woman and the next order to the lunar surface in 2024. Both the enhanced Starship and Super Heavy will be reusable.

SpaceX is preparing another starship prototype - the SN8 - for a 12-mile (20 km) test flight in the future. "Those flights reached an altitude of 500 feet (150 meters)", SpaceX said.

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