When Mars One invited people to apply for a one way ticket to Mars, we didn’t think anyone would be interested. But, 202,000 applications later, we stand corrected. Mars One have now whittled this number down to a mere 1,058 hopefuls ranging from age 18 to 81 and hailing from no fewer than 107 countries. Dying on Mars truly holds a global appeal.
U.S. Cargo Ship Launches to ISS on First Resupply Mission
Orbital Sciences Corporation’s Antares rocket launched from Pad 0A at the Wallops Flight Facility, Va. to send the company’s Cygnus cargo ship on a its first supply mission to the International Space Station. Cygnus is delivering 1.5 tons of provisions and experiments to the Expedition 38 crew members living on the ISS. Upon its arrival at the station, Cygnus will be captured with the station’s Canadarm2 robotic arm and berthed to the Earth-facing port of the Harmony module, where it will remain for more than a month.
Investors eager to own a piece of Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) could face a very long wait. According to a recent tweet from the Hawthorne, Calif.-based company’s founder and chief executive, Elon Musk, there will be no initial public offering (IPO) of SpaceX stock before humans have begun to settle Mars. “No near term plans to IPO SpaceX,” Musk wrote in a short message posted to Twitter June 6. “Only possible in very long term when Mars Colonial Transporter is flying regularly.” The Mars Colonial Transporter is a conceptual vehicle that Musk has discussed as part of his company’s stated long-term goal: sending human settlers to Mars. This is a change in tone for Musk, who up until the June 6 tweet had said that SpaceX would go public in the near-term, as his other two companies, Solar City and Tesla Motors, have. As recently as February 2012, Musk told Bloomberg News that he might take SpaceX public in 2013.