SpaceX expected to play key role in first manned mission to Mars

October 22, 2014 2:01 PM

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SpaceX expected to play key role in first manned mission to Mars

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has been trying hard to position itself in leading a new era of human spaceflights. The company managed by Elon Musk has managed to get recognition and contracts from NASA. The company could also play a key role in NASA's first manned mission to Mars.

SpaceX's initial goal was to transport plants from Earth to Mars as a first step toward inhabiting the Red Planet. The company hired aerospace engineers Tom Mueller and Hans Koenigsmann to build a cost-effective rocket in house. That rocket became the prototype of the today's more sophisticated Merl...

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