Musk has repeatedly stressed that he founded SpaceX back in 2002 primarily to help humanity colonize Mars. It’s vital that we become a multiplanet species, the billionaire entrepreneur has said, citing both a much-reduced probability of extinction and the thrill that meaningful space exploration will deliver to billions of people around the world.
SpaceX is now actively trying to turn this sci-fi dream into reality. The company is developing a 100-passenger spaceship called Starship and a giant rocket known as Super Heavy, which together constitute the transportation system that Musk thinks will bring Mars settlement within reach at long last.
“This is the fastest path to a self-sustaining city on Mars,” Musk said in September 2019, during a webcast update about the Starship-Super Heavy architecture.
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