Elon Musk Unveils Base on Mars

Exploring Mars

Space X Rendering of Mars Base Alpha

Elon Musk just tweeted this artist's rendering of his planned Mars Base Alpha.  He plans to settle people on Mars in 2024.  In 2023 he'll send a manned mission to explore Mars.  In 2022, he plans on cargo missions to Mars.  And in order to keep on schedule, he expects to start test launches of his Big  Falcon Rocket (BFR) space ship in 2019.  He just provided an update on BFR.

Powerful Space Launch Vehicle

Space X Artist Rendering of BFR

Interplanetary Travel

Musk showed off an updated version of the BFR.  When it's finished he claims it's going to be the largest, most capable and most powerful launch vehicle ever built.  Musk says it's an interplanetary transport system capable of going from Earth to anywhere in the solar system.

Lunar Mission with Tourists on Board

Musk also gave an update on the Space X trip to the moon.  BFR will take off, have booster separation, go into orbit, fly around the moon and come back to earth in 4 or 5 days.  Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa and several artists will be onboard for their "moon vacation".  Musk said there will be a number of test launches of the BFR before any people get onboard.  The trip to the moon is planned for 2023.