Elon Musk to Make “Cheap Delivery System to go to Mars”
2:07 pm, August 1st | by Amy Tennery
It looks like Elon Musk’s Martian fantasy is about to come true. No, I’m not talking about some weird alien dream — I mean, his plan to actually reach Mars. He’s been talking about it for ages — and in May noted that he planned to reach this goal in the next two decades, although he offered little proof that he would achieve this.
Well, now the naysayers might be eating their words.
Looks like NASA’s inked a deal with Musk’s commercial spaceflight company, SpaceX, to make a pit stop on Mars by 2018. Really.
This news comes from International Business Times, which reported just the teensiest bit of ambivalence among the NASA set, I believe:
“I just want a cheap delivery system to go to Mars… I don’t care how it gets there,” Chris McKay, of NASA’s Ames Research Center, was quoted as saying.
To infinity and beyond, eh?
Sounds as though things are a little tense over there. Luckily, Musk is about as bargain-basement as you can get with commercial space flight (or so he says), so this should be a good match.