It’s a new space race, only this time, it’s not countries vying for bragging rights to be the first ones somewhere in space, but commercial space exploration companies. First president Gwynne Shotwell spoke at Ted 2018 about SpaceX reaching Mars within a decade
, and then Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg quickly followed up the next day too, hopeful that they would put the first humans on Mars
within the next decade. The original space race helped NASA get the funding and public support it needed back in the day. Does this new rivalry between SpaceX and Boeing help either of them?
Meanwhile, NASA’s own time frame is still stuck at humans somewhere near Mars in the 2030s…
Elon Musk did give us a glimpse
of just how big the BFR spaceship might be via Instagram. What exactly is he showing us? ArsTechnica notes
it could be a ‘mandrel, or mold, around which carbon fiber is wound for the main body of the spaceship’.
Less than three weeks to go until the NASA Mars InSight mission launches. It’s always interesting to read the names and backgrounds of the team that makes these missions possible, and NASA has a great starting point for some of the people on the InSight project