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Forget Paris, New York, the must-visit summer destination is Mars

We all think of going on vacation to Paris, London, New York or any other destination.

But who’s crazy enough to think of a trip to Mars?

Who else other than Elon Musk, SpaceX Chief Executive?

His long-term plan for SpaceX is to get humans off of Earth and on to Mars.

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Last February, SpaceX said it intended to send two private citizens on a trip around the moon, possibly as soon as this year.

It all started with Musk’s Falcon Heavy rocket which launched successfully from Cape Canaveral on Tuesday, watched by hundreds of thousands of people who crowded Florida’s space coast.

What happened?

The rocket was delivered into space by Musk and his company SpaceX hoping to reach Mars’ orbit.

BBC News explains that the Falcon Heavy is essentially three of SpaceX’s workhorse Falcon 9 vehicles strapped together.

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“And, as is the usual practice for SpaceX, all three boost stages – the lower segments of the rocket – returned to Earth to attempt controlled landings,” says BBC.

According to the Guardian, two of the three boosters landed safely. The third, which SpaceX had predicted was less likely to be salvaged, slammed into the Atlantic.

SpaceX’s website reveals that the Falcon Heavy is the most powerful operational rocket in the world.

“With the ability to lift into orbit nearly 64 metric tons (141,000 lb)—a mass greater than a 737 jetliner loaded with passengers, crew, luggage and fuel–Falcon Heavy can lift more than twice the payload of the next closest operational vehicle, the Delta IV Heavy, at one-third the cost,” it said.

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The launching of Falcon Heavy cost $90m.

According to the Guardian, its projected path will bring it close to Mars. “There is a tiny chance it might crash into the planet. If it stays on course, it will instead drift through space, potentially for millions of years,” it said.

Fortunately Science fiction movie., we are not! It’s a very old dream that’s becoming true.

Lots of other inventions have started only as a dream before they materialized with some being part of our daily lives today.

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Top 5 inventions that became reality:

Robots: The first digitally operated and programmable robot was invented by George Devol in 1954. This ultimately laid the foundation of the modern robotics industry. Sophia is latest and most advanced robot to date. It is a highly sought-after speaker in business and showed her prowess and great potential across many industries.

Flying Taxi: A British pilot, Michael Robert Dacre, was the inventor of the flying taxi and he planned to have an eight-seater flying taxi in production by 2010. The aviation entrepreneur died when the prototype aircraft crashed and burst into flames shortly after take-off from a landing strip in the northern town of Taiping, Malaysia.

Electric submarine: The Irish inventor John Philip Holland built a model submarine in 1876 and a full-scale version in 1878, which were followed by a number of unsuccessful ones. In 1896 he designed the Holland Type VI submarine, which used internal combustion engine power on the surface and electric battery power underwater.

Hoverbikes: In April 2016, British inventor Colin Furze announced he had created a hoverbike using two paramotors. Hover bikes first featured in the fictional star wars universe. The price for one hover bike is estimated to be between $50,000 and $80,000. Hover bikes are estimated to be on sale as of next year.

Helicopters: In 1906, two French brothers, Jacques and Louis Breguet, began experimenting with airfoils for helicopters. In 1907, those experiments resulted in the Gyroplane No.1, possibly as the earliest known example of a quadcopter. The Gyroplane No. 1 proved to be extremely unsteady and required a man at each corner of the airframe to hold it steady. For this reason, the flights of the Gyroplane No. 1 are considered to be the first manned flight of a helicopter.