Martian impossible! Expert mess Elon Musk claims that his new reusable rocket can send people to Mars
- Tesla founder Musk wants the reusable Starship of SpaceX to transport crew and cargo
- Former BBC science corr David Whitehouse said it's not going to happen at all & # 39;
- The 164 ft prototype echoes the 1930s sci-fi series Flash Gordon in orbit
- Musk and his SpaceX team have proposed developing infrastructure on Mars
Shining against the blue sky, this is the rocket that Elon Musk thinks he will fulfill his dream of bringing astronauts to Mars.
The 164 ft (50 m) prototype – with its echoes from the 1930's sci-fi series Flash Gordon – is intended to get into a job within a few months.
The final limit: a prototype of SpaceX & # 39; s spaceship spaceship featured at the company's launch facility in Texas at Boca Chica, Brownsville, Texas
Musk says that Starship can one day bring astronauts to Mars and also make missions to the moon
Tesla founder Musk wants the reusable Starship from SpaceX crew and cargo to the & # 39; Moon, Mars or anywhere else in the solar system & # 39; transports.
But yesterday a scientist poured cold water on the extravagant plans, saying that the first manned trip to Mars would not happen for at least a decade and that Musk & # 39; s project was "a fantasy."
David Whitehouse, a former BBC science correspondent, said: "Elon Musk spoke about sending thousands of people to Mars in a few years … That is not going to happen at all. When will we land on Mars? Not in the 2020s. "He explained that – unlike journeys to the moon, where 12 people have now walked – Mars is" a different kettle of fish. "
Technology entrepreneur Musk and his SpaceX team have proposed developing infrastructure on Mars and aim to get people on the red planet by 2024.
Musk says Saturday was the eleventh anniversary of a SpaceX rocket that orbited for the first time in orbit
Birds fly over the huge silver rocket launched towards the end of the year
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk updates the next generation space ship in Brownsville, Texas
A worker walks along the base of a prototype of SpaceX & # 39; s spaceship spaceship in the company's launch facility in Texas
Flash in a pan: Rocket in TV series in 1936
But Mr Whitehouse told an audience at Henley Literary Festival: "The moon will be gone in three days and you can come back without problems. Mars is at least nine months away … It's probably a three-year tour – so there's no turning back if there's a problem. It means you need a much better spacecraft, it means you have life cycles and recycling because you can't take all the food you need to go there.
"You can't take all the oxygen you need, you have to recycle it. Experiments show that the degradation of the human body is worse than we thought, especially mental limitations – and that is in space after just a year. There is also radiation and that is worse than we thought. And the costs. "On the SpaceX launch platform in Texas on Saturday, Musk told a crowd:" We need to make space travel like air travel. "He said the critical breakthrough would be" a rapidly reusable orbital rocket. "
SpaceX currently flies with two types of rockets – the Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy, & # 39; the world's most powerful rocket – for NASA, the US Air Force and private satellite companies. The intention is that Starship will eventually fly on top of a new booster rocket, the Super Heavy.
SpaceX tweeted a photo of the rocket and added: & # 39; Today 1 year ago we launched our first successful mission. To date, we have completed 78 launches and we have developed & # 39; the world's only operational reusable orbital rockets and spacecraft that can launch to space, return to Earth and fly again & # 39;
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