Elon Musk tweeted about a “Gateway to Mars” and the Internet is trying to figure out what it all means. The Tesla frontman posted a picture of the SpaceX Starship Production Complex near Brownsville, Texas. The following tweet just said “Gateway to Mars” and fans instantly wanted to know more about the plans for the facility. Musk and his company are coming off of the high profile launch of the Demo-2 test flight with manned spacecraft. Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley lifted off while millions watched from home. It was a big development for both the eccentric billionaire and his company. Things got off to a rocky start that week in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Inclement weather postponed the launch at the Kennedy Space Center.
When fueling began on May 27th, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine was sharing optimistic tweets. He said, “We are GO FOR LAUNCH! @SpaceX teams will start loading rocket grade kerosene then liquid oxygen for the 1st and 2nd stages of the Falcon 9 rocket that will #LaunchAmerica.” There was a small patch in the clouds developing and the worries began. The hope is that a small sliver of clearance would allow the craft to sneak out before the mission got shut down. But, in the end it just wasn’t meant to be. Now with that new site planned, there looks to be other missions in the works in conjunction with NASA.
Starship Production Complex— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 6, 2020
Boca Chica, Texas pic.twitter.com/pd4ka93bv5
Before the attempted launch, SpaceX’s John Insprucker told CNN, “Everything is trending in the right direction. We’ve got our fingers crossing.” The weather near the 45th Space Wing was “red” the but everyone tried to make a go of it. May 30th provided a day that the world got to watch a rocket make its grand journey back to the Space Station on live television.
If you’re unfamiliar with SpaceX, the official mission statement is available below:
"Building on the achievements of Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy, SpaceX is working on a next generation of fully reusable launch vehicles that will be the most powerful ever built, capable of carrying humans to Mars and other destinations in the solar system."
Gateway to Mars— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 7, 2020
What do you think SpaceX’s next step will be? Let us know in the comments! Check out Elon’s interactions with the fans below:
It's all happening
Giant high bay coming soon— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 6, 2020
Things are moving along
It’s insane— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 7, 2020
People are dreaming big
The landscape gives me some Cape Canaveral vibes ✨ pic.twitter.com/XJtYqU9A0I— Renata Konkoly 🐢🦔 (@RenataKonkoly) June 6, 2020
A valid question
How long until the start of Super Heavy production?— Mary (@BocaChicaGal) June 7, 2020
Just an amazing image
Lotta land and water to ride around in pic.twitter.com/q88Vx1A2n3— Jlipper (@OfficialJlipper) June 6, 2020
Let's step back for a second
Pretty great view
Epic view— Pauline Acalin (@w00ki33) June 6, 2020
When can we have this? pic.twitter.com/f5qpDewqGf— Inquisitorial Disgrace Ineptus Astartes (@AstartesIneptus) June 7, 2020
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