Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX, has said that he believes humans will land on mars in the present decade itself. And it seems likely that SpaceX will be the enterprise that will transport us there.
Gwynne Shotwell, President and Chief Operating Officer of SpaceX, thinks that a crewed journey to Mars might be accomplished with the help of Space X far sooner than you would expect. And it is quite probable that humans will set foot on the surface of the Red Planet before the decade of the 2020s is out.
Naturally, one of SpaceX’s primary goals is to become the company that successfully implements this audacious concept. The business is working on a massive, reusable rocket-spaceship hybrid that goes by the name Starship. Its ultimate goal is to transport people and cargo all the way to Mars and beyond. A number of lunar missions are already scheduled to take place aboard Starship. For instance, Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa made a reservation for the vehicle in 2018 for a round-the-moon journey with a scheduled launch date of 2023.
In addition, NASA has decided that the Starship will serve as the first crewed lunar lander for the Artemis programme. This mission has the goal of landing people near the moon’s south pole in the year 2025.
NASA intends to launch a crewed Red Planet mission in 2040 or thereabouts, which is approximately a decade later than Shotwell envisions boots first crunching into the red dirt on Mars. The Artemis programme is viewed by NASA as a moon-to-Mars programme, and NASA plans to launch a crewed Red Planet mission in 2040 or thereabouts.
The first-ever orbital test flight of the Starship is something that SpaceX is striving on achieving as they go forward with the development of the Starship. The business plans to launch the vehicle from its facility in South Texas known as Starbase in the near future.