Is there life on Mars?
Maybe Not! But there is probably life in the missions that are going to Mars.
To know more about Mars you can get in direct contact with Elon Musk after he accidentally tweeted his number yesterday to the chief technology officer of virtual-reality company Oculus: along with a message “Do you have a sec to talk? My cell is 1-800-613-8840.”
When Elon Musk conveys such a message this means he has some important news to share.
Indeed the South African born billionaire plans to launch a rocket to space in January.
A visit to Mars
Musk is going to launch his own Tesla Roadster on the first test flight of SpaceX’s new giant rocket next month, according to published reports.
He even tweeted out photos of his $90 million SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket.
According to Space.com, a platform for news about space exploration, Musk said the Falcon rocket , will be launched from the very same NASA launch pad that sent the Apollo 11 astronauts to the moon: Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
He also has some rocketing news on earth.
“People will soon be able to fly from city to city within minutes,” Elon Musk says, making the promise at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Adelaide, Australia, proving it with a promotional video that shows the London-New York journey taking 29 minutes only.
Back to Space.
Is Elon Musk the only businessman planning a galactic trip?
British billionaire Richard Branson is also planning a space mission as early as 2018.
Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) on October 26, 2017, announced a $1bn investment in Branson’s space tourism company Virgin Galactic.
In October, Branson said: “We are now just months away from Virgin Galactic going into space with people on board and Virgin Orbit going into orbit and placing satellites around the Earth.”
This is not Saudi’s first foray into space activity.
In June 2015, Saudi King Salman led his country’s space program and signed an agreement to partner with Russia in the latter’s efforts to build another International Space Station by 2023.
“Saudi Arabia and Russia have reached an agreement for collaboration between their space programs for peaceful exploration,” said a media statement following a Saudi Cabinet decision on the same.
Who else will be going to Mars?
Red plan it
The UAE has approved a manned spaceflight programme and could begin training the first Emirati astronauts as early as 2018, according to Salem Humaid Al Marri, Assistant Director General at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre.
“The government would formally seek applications for astronaut training by the end of this year or the first quarter of 2018,” he told a space congress in Australia, “and after six to eight months, a final selection of four to six astronauts would be made towards placing the first UAE astronaut in space by 2021 at the country’s 50th anniversary.”
In preparation for the Mars mission, the country is funding Mars Science City, an AED500 million ($136m) endeavour that will replicate human colonisation of the planet.