Huge Mars Colony Eyed by SpaceX Founder Elon Musk
Rob Coppinger, SPACE.com Contributor
Date: 23 November 2012 Time: 07:00 AM ET
| This still from a SpaceX mission concept video shows a Dragon space capsule landing on the surface of Mars. SpaceX's Dragon is a privately built space capsule to carry unmanned payloads, and eventually astronauts, into space. |
In Musk's vision, the ambitious Mars settlement program would start with a pioneering group of fewer than 10 people, who would to the Red Planet aboard a huge reusable rocket powered by liquid oxygen and methane.
"At Mars, you can start a self-sustaining civilization and grow it into something really big," Musk told an audience at the Royal Aeronautical Society in London on Friday (Nov. 16). Musk was there to talk about his business plans, and to receive the Society’s gold medal for his contribution to the commercialization of space.
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