Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Mars, Get There For $500K, SPACEX, Space Exploration, Video

All aboard for Mars, just $500,000 a ticket


SpaceX founder Elon Musk tells the BBC that he's figured out a way to get passengers to the Red Planet for just half a million dollars each and that he'll unveil his plan soon.
Not long ago, word leaked of a plan that could take anyone with an extra $150 million on a trip around the moon. So SpaceX founder Elon Musk's assertion today that he hopes to be able to take people on a round-trip to Mars for $500,000 signals a much better deal.


Musk told the BBC that he expects to unveil details of his plans sometime later this year or in early 2013. Essentially, though, Musk believes that with its Falcon 9 launcher and Dragon spacecraft, SpaceX may already have the base infrastructure in place that could get paying passengers to the Red Planet some day.
And while travel to Mars has long been a major target of space enthusiasts--and was inexplicably part of former U.S. president George W. Bush's long-term plans--such voyages have so far remained the province of science-fiction.
Surface of Mars  taken by space probe; Credit NASA
Not long ago, word leaked of a plan that could take anyone with an extra $150 million on a trip around the moon. So SpaceX founder Elon Musk's assertion today that he hopes to be able to take people on a round-trip to Mars for $500,000 signals a much better deal.
Musk told the BBC that he expects to unveil details of his plans sometime later this year or in early 2013. Essentially, though, Musk believes that with its Falcon 9 launcher and Dragon spacecraft, SpaceX may already have the base infrastructure in place that could get paying passengers to the Red Planet some day.
And while travel to Mars has long been a major target of space enthusiasts--and was inexplicably part of former U.S. president George W. Bush's long-term plans--such voyages have so far remained the province of science-fiction.

Mars, Get There For $500K, Space News, Space Exploration, Video
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