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06.19.17 | 6:09 am

Elon Musk thinks going to Mars could be cheaper than going to college

Musk has released a paper that estimates the current cost of getting 12 people to start a colony on Mars at $10 billion, reports Recode. However, he believes that he's found a way to reduce that to under $100,000, which is less than the cost of most private colleges in the U.S. Yet it's safe to say that Musk's plans for how to carry this out, at this point, are rather loose.

He says you would need a bigger rocket than currently exists right now, capable of carrying millions of tons of cargo in one go, and then it would need to be able to refuel in orbit, and the people on Mars would need to be able to produce their own fuel on the red planet for return trips to Earth, so the rocket could be reusable.

09.27.16 | 5:37 pm

Afternoon intel: Everything we know about SpaceX’s Mars mission plans, Bono invests in biotech

• "I would like to die on Mars. Just not on impact." [Drumroll, please] That was Elon Musk back in 2013, describing his lifelong dream of traveling to and living on the red planet. Well today, he unveiled his long-awaited plans for such an ambitious mission, announcing SpaceX's "Interplanetary Transport System" with a slick animated video and plenty of details on how many people can be squeezed onto a rocket (100), how many people Musk wants on Mars (1 million), by how much we need to reduce the cost of a trip to Mars (5 million %) and what kind of timeline he expects for such a mission to actually take place (10 years)

• In non-celestial news, Bono and some partners invested in biotech startup Color Genomics

• Slack unveiled the first of many integrations with Salesforce, reports Fast Company's Mark Sullivan, allowing it to pull in Salesforce record data and sync with its Chatter messaging feature.

Google launched "Station," a new program that seeks to make fast Wi-Fi available to public places all over the planet.

09.27.16 | 3:57 pm

Don’t start packing your bags just yet: The SpaceX Mars mission’s timeline is pretty fuzzy

Elon Musk says he's shooting for a 10-year horizon for the launch of his much-ballyhooed "Interplanetary Transport System," announced today at an event in Mexico. But he admits it's a very complicated endeavor to predict a timeline. He's hoping to establish a steady cadence, much like trains leaving a station, of SpaceX rockets taking off every couple of years.  

SpaceX has already tried to have a steady stream of launches. Here is the timeline presented by Musk of SpaceX's activities over the last decade:

09.27.16 | 3:27 pm

SpaceX’s Mars rocket will fit at least 100 people

Fitting 100 people on a single SpaceX rocket will reduce the cost per person. But it also means the ship will be enormous. Carrying between 100 and 200 people, plus luggage, fuel tanks and an iron foundry (to start building on Mars) will require a massive 550-ton structure. It will be 122 meters tall, which is 11 meters taller than the Saturn V, the famous expendable rocket used by NASA between 1966 and 1973.

09.27.16 | 2:27 pm

SpaceX reveals video for its “Interplanetary Transport System”

Minutes from now, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk will describe his long-anticipated plans for how to colonize Mars. For those gathered today at the International Astronautical Conference in Guadalajara, Mexico, an animated video showing SpaceX's new rocket—known as "Big Falcon Rocket"—gave a sneak peek of this ambitious initiative.

UPDATE: The video is based on Space X engineering CAD models, Elon Musk told the audience at the event, adding that it's not meant to be fictional. 

09.27.16 | 12:08 pm

Elon Musk’s Mars colonization video, speech: Live stream, start time, and details

Here's the just-release footage of the SpaceX Interplanetary Transport System

This afternoon at 2:30 p.m. (EST) during an event at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico., Elon Musk will give his much-anticipated speech about his plans to colonize Mars. He is expected to describe his "Interplanetary Transport System," an ambitious spacecraft architecture that he says will be able to carry loads of cargo—or people—on the 33.9 million-mile trek to Mars.

We'll be covering the speech, so check back for more updates.