Life In Mars Update: How Is SpaceX Doing Amidst Its Mission To The Red Planet?

First Posted: Oct 01, 2016 05:16 AM EDT

Have you ever dreamt of living a life in Mars? If so, SpaceX is among the companies that are ready to realize your dream. On Tuesday, its CEO Elon Musk announced his plan to colonize the Red Planet within the next 40 to 100 years.

Known to many, numerous people have also been dreaming of going to and living in Mars. According to The Verge, missions have been drawn out during the last 70 years.

At present, SpaceX is in competition with NASA and Mars One. NASA aims to send astronauts to Mars some time in the 2030s while Mars One plans a one-way trip by 2026. Apparently, the planned missions to Mars will be expensive and massive. Experts need to consider and figure out a lot of things. Some of those are protection against radiation while traveling and the life-support system in Mars itself.

How does SpaceX stand in the middle of competition? As of writing, many people think that NASA is the best bet because it has the greatest chance to provide the necessary things needed for the mission.

Meanwhile, SpaceX likewise plans to send robotic landers to the Red Planet. According to Gizmodo, this short-term goal is doable. The Interplanetary Transport System Musk needs technical and financial support from the international community in order for it to materialize.

Moreover, while many call Musk's ambition as crazy, it is important to take note that he does not aim to show the public that SpaceX alone can reach the goal. He aims to convince the world that what SpaceX is doing is worth it.

Among the early planned missions to Mars was the Mars Direct proposal published in 1991. Engineers Robert Zubrin and David Baker believed it might be possible to land the mission in 1999. It did not happen, their proposal set the stage for Mars plans at present.

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