Elon Musk shows off ‘Starship’ rocket for taking humans to Mars
in 2018, but it’s also been working on arguably bigger and better plans for the future. In the early morning hours of Christmas Eve, CEO Elon Musk shared a picture of the prototype version of his “Starship” under construction.
that to use to send people around the moon, to Mars and on super-fast international flights via space.
The photo provides some idea of the scale of the rocket, whichhas said will be bigger and considerably more powerful than the Saturn V rocket that took Apollo astronauts to the moon. The nose cone alone appears to be multiple stories tall, dwarfing the work trucks parked around it.
Musk tweeted that the massive rocket prototype being built at the SpaceX test facility in Texas has a stainless steel skin. In subsequent comments, he said steel will perform better than lighter weight carbon fiber material at high temperatures like those felt during reentry.