WHY MARS?

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WHY MARS?

At an average distance of 140 million miles, Mars is one of Earth’s closest habitable neighbors. Mars is about half again as far from the Sun as Earth is, so it still has decent sunlight. It is a little cold, but we can warm it up. Its atmosphere is primarily CO2 with some nitrogen and argon and a few other trace elements, which means that we can grow plants on Mars just by compressing the atmosphere. Gravity on Mars is about 38% of that of Earth, so you would be able to lift heavy things and bound around. Furthermore, the day is remarkably close to that of Earth.

Diameter6,791 km / 4,220 mi
Day Length24 hrs 37 min
Force of Gravity38% of Earth
Avg Distance from Earth225Mkm / 140Mmi
Age4.5 billion years

6MONTHS TO GET TO MARS 2MOONS 14ORBITING SATELLITES

VEHICLE

STARSHIP

Starship will be the world’s most powerful launch vehicle ever developed, with the ability to carry in excess of 100 metric tonnes to Earth orbit. Drawing on an extensive history of launch vehicle and engine development programs, SpaceX has been rapidly iterating on the design of Starship with orbital-flight targeted for 2020.LEARN MORE ABOUT STARSHIP

TO MARS AND BACK

Together the Starship spacecraft and Super Heavy rocket create a reusable transportation system capable of on orbit refueling and leveraging Mars’ natural H2O and CO2 resources to refuel on the surface of Mars.EARTHMARSPOWERHO2CO2CH4O2CH4O/2060102030405

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