SpaceX's 10-Story-Tall Starship Takes Form As Elon Musk Plots Lunar, Mars Colonization
SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk are back at work when it comes to building the next generation rocket to get humans off the third rock from the sun. One of the most grandiose plans that Musk and SpaceX have dreamed up and are working to make a reality is the massive orbital-class Starship that has been under construction for a while. Musk tweeted this week that the two halves of the Starship are being joined for the first time.
The halves are seen in a single image that Musk tweeted being connected as a giant crane holds the top section of the Starship in place. There were no details shared in the tweet, but SpaceX will host an update on the latest design of the Starship tonight at 7 pm CDT from the SpaceX South Texas test facilities near Boca Chica.
SpaceX will livestream the talk given by Elon Musk here. The Starship prototype that is being assembled right now is only a section of the spaceship; the launch vehicle it will be connected to will make it much larger. SpaceX says that when completed the Starship and Super Heavy Launch vehicle will be a fully and rapidly reusable transportation system that will carry crew and cargo to Earth orbit, the Moon, Mars, and anywhere else in the solar system.
Along with Elon Musk, SpaceX's Chief Engineer will also be part of the talk. As the company has been working on the Starship, Musk has also been talking about colonizing the moon. Musk has said in the past that SpaceX will be able to land uncrewed vehicles on the moon within two years and then crewed vehicles about two years after that. He also says that the ultimate goal is to establish a lunar base along the lines of bases in Antarctica.