September 2016: Elon Musk's Mission to Mars
Here's a slideshow depicting the major science and disaster news events of September 2016.
1. Philae Was Lost, Now Found 2. Studies Show Sugar Demonized Fat 3. Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan Pledge Billions to End Disease 4. Loma Fire Threatens Hundreds of Homes 5. First Healthy Three-Parent Baby Is Born 6. Elon Musk Outlines His Vision to Populate Mars
- Elon Musk's Mission to Mars
- 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