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April 29, 2016
SpaceX vows to send capsule to Mars by 2018
Miami (AFP) April 27, 2016
SpaceX chief Elon Musk announced Wednesday that he will send an unmanned spaceship to Mars as early as 2018, as part of his quest to colonize the Red Planet some day. Few details of the plan were released by Musk, the Internet entrepreneur who rose to fame as the cofounder of PayPal and currently also runs Tesla Motors. "Planning to send Dragon to Mars as soon as 2018," Musk announced on Twitter. "Red Dragons will inform overall Mars architecture details to come." He appeared to be refer ... read more

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