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September 2016 Current Events: Disasters & Science News

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Here's a slideshow depicting the major science and disaster news events of September 2016.

Elon Musk's Mission to Mars
Image of Elon Musk announcing Mars mission
On Sept. 27, 2016, Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors, announces at the International Astronautical Conference in Mexico that he wants to populate Mars with a self-sustaining colony. He believes that there are two paths ahead for the human species: succumb to extinction on Earth or colonize other planets, of which Mars is the best candidate. He explains that SpaceX has successfully built a Raptor rocket engine—the strongest rocket on Earth—and hopes to use it to land humans on Mars by 2024. The rocket will be placed into a ship called the Interplanetary Transport System, which can bring over 100 tons of supplies to people on Mars.
Photo source: AP Photo/Refugio Ruiz
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