By Brian Handwerk, National Geographic, 04.16.12
Following what's known as a flight-readiness review, Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, aka SpaceX, is so far on course to launch the reusable Dragon aboard the firm's Falcon 9 rocket later this month, NASA said at a Monday press briefing.
But SpaceX founder Elon Musk already has his eyes on a bigger prize: putting people on Mars as quickly as possible.
According to Musk, all SpaceX ventures—including the Dragon mission—are being designed to advance this ambitious larger goal.
"I'm a big believer in humanity becoming a multi-planetary species," Musk said.
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