Mars Ahead? SpaceX Breaks Ground on Texas Spaceport

September 22, 2014 9:03 PM

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Mars Ahead? SpaceX Breaks Ground on Texas Spaceport

The rocket launches due to begin as early as 2016 on the southernmost tip of Texas will be a critical step toward one day establishing a human presence on Mars, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk said Monday. With waves from the Gulf of Mexico crashing just over the dunes and crabs skittering around a tent erected for the groundbreaking, Musk said he expects SpaceX to invest $100 million in the world's first commercial orbital spaceport during the next three to four years.

Musk said the commercial satellite launch revenue that's generated at the Boca Chica Beach site, east of Brownsville, would fuel California-based SpaceX's objective of establishing settlements on Mars. "It could very well be that the first person that departs for another planet will depart from this...

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