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NASA officially intends to send astronauts to Mars by the year 2040, approximately. SpaceX’s President and Chief Operating Officer, Gwynne Shotwell, recently told CNBC that this aerospace company would beat NASA to Mars by a decade at least.

Usually, these kinds of predictions would cause shocking reactions. However, SpaceX has accomplished things that were once considered science fiction under the direction of its CEO Elon Musk, including the routine landing and the use of the Falcon 9.

Musk’s long-term goal is to build a human settlement on Mars, and that goal seems to clear out just about everything else he has built during his career as an entrepreneur. The Starship (the massive reusable rocket) that SpaceX is developing at Boca Chica in Texas is said to be the instrument of that goal, as it might bring the first settlers and supplies across the gulfs to the Red Planet.

The voyage would have to deal with great danger. Radiation and the dangers of microgravity will threaten the astronauts on the trip to Mars.

After landing on the red planet, explorers expect to confront a series of conditions that could kill them. , Musk has, however, warned that a certain number of people who go to Mars would probably die in that attempt.

This decade’s last launch window for Mars would occur in late 2028 and early 2029. The first human expedition to Mars must depart from Earth during that window to fulfill Shotwell’s promise.

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