Space X Unveils Starship
Ultimately, Space X wants to use the Starship to take a colony of 100 humans to Mars
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This week Space X unveiled its shiny new Starship rocket.
While the stainless steel bullet may look like something out of the pages of a pulp science fiction novel, the rocket is quite real.
“This thing is going to take off, fly to 65,000 feet — about 20 kilometers — and come back and land in about one to two months,” Space X founder Elon Musk said as he stood in front of the recently completed rocket in Boca Chica, in south Texas.
But that test will be just the beginning. Ultimately, Musk wants to use the Starship to take a colony of 100 humans to Mars.
“Consciousness is a very rare and precious thing, and we should take whatever steps we can to preserve the light of consciousness,” Musk said. “I think we should do our very best to become a multiplanetary species and extend consciousness beyond Earth, and we should do it now.”
The giant Starship, standing at 118 meters tall, is just half of the rocket that will bring humans to other worlds. In its final form, the Starship will sit atop a Super Heavy rocket booster sporting 37 of Space X’s Raptor engines – which are some of the most powerful in the world.
The Starship, on top of the Super Heavy booster, will dethrone NASA’s Saturn V rocket – which carried out the Apollo moon mission – to become the largest and most powerful rocket ever made. In fact, the Super Heavy will produce about twice the thrust of the Saturn V.
Although Starship still has a lot of testing to do before it’s ready to start sending humans to space, Musk has already sold seats for a trip around the moon. Last September, Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa announced that he would ride Starship on a trip around the moon and bring a handful of artists along for the ride. At the time, Musk said that the flight could occur as early as 2023, but only “if everything goes 100 percent right.”