The rocket would hoist a spaceship big enough to carry 100 to 200 people to Mars, a trip lasting several months.
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On a personal quest to settle Mars, SpaceX founder Elon Musk envisions 1,000 passenger ships flying en masse to the red planet well within the next century, "Battlestar Galactica" style.Musk outlined his zealous plan Tuesday to establish a self-sustaining city on Mars, complete with iron foundries and even pizzerias. Musk said it would be a "super-exciting" adventure to Mars but also dangerous, at least for the first few trips.In April, Musk announced plans to send an unmanned Dragon capsule to land on Mars as early as 2018 .Musk described in detail his plans to launch a monster-size rocket – larger than even NASA's Saturn V moon rocket – from the same launch pad at Kennedy Space Center from which the Apollo astronauts departed for the lunar surface in the late 1960s and early 1970s.The rocket would hoist a spaceship big enough to carry 100 to 200 people to Mars, a trip lasting several months, quicker with nuclear propulsion.
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