Sunday, March 25, 2012
Red Planet, Here We Come!
Sweet! I could potentially retire on Mars! I knew about Virgin and the handfull of other companies racing to close the gap to be the pioneers of the first true space tourism market, but I had not heard that plans were in the works by a private company to take people to Mars. Way to conquer the final frontier, SpaceX!
They're a company that is currently contracted with NASA for 12 flights to the International Space Station. I guess after that they'll be gearing up for a Mars trip. According to an interview with BBC, their plan is to get the cost of a trip to Mars down to $500,000 a person. While that is definitely more than I could ever afford, it's a while lot better than the nearly $50,000,000 NASA currently pays Russia to take a single American to the ISS aboard one of their rockets.