SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has given the world a glimpse of his rocket, which he aims to help carry people to the Moon and red planet, Mars. Ambitious and enthusiastic about venturing into space and making life possible outside the planet earth, Musk's company was working on making a monster rocket. Musk had decided to call it 'Starship' and has now shared the first looks of the vehicle. Musk posted pictures of the rocket on his Twitter account. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk Reveals Japanese Billionaire Yusaku Maezawa Will Fly Around the Moon on the Big Falcon Rocket.
The test flight of this Starship will be done in the coming weeks. It will reach several miles in the air called the suborbital hops and then reach back to the Earth's surface. The trials could be in the month of March or April. It was built in Boca China and is about eight meters in diameter, although it is shorter than the future rocket. First Person to Go on Mars Should Be a Woman, Says NASA Training Chief Allison McIntyre.
Watch Pictures of Elon Musk's Starship Aimed to Go to The Moon and Mars
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 11, 2019
This prototype will be paired along with a massive rocket booster which is called the Super Heavy. On pairing the two, SpaceX has said it could transport people not just from one city to another but also send passengers around the Moon and even to the Mars and back! The first trip around the moon could be expected in the year 2023 with the help of this Starship. This entire rocket system is said to cost about USD 5 billion.
Musk had mentioned earlier, he wants the Starship to accommodate about 100 people, so that if one day if there is a possibility of developing life, rather a colony on the moon, it could be used. Other than the Starship, SpaceX is also working on a new capsule that could take people to the orbiting outpost.