Sep 2, 2019

SpaceX is already planning where it will land its Spaceship on Mars

Although still in the development phase, Elon Musk's company mission already has some planned landing sites on the red planet.

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After successfully testing Starhopper, the prototype of the Starship rocket, SpaceX revealed that it is planning possible landing sites on Mars, advances the Cnet. Although still under development, Elon Musk's company has already asked the U.S. Space Agency for images of the red planet in order to advance its Martian exploration mission.

The discovery of SpaceX's plans was made by blogger Robert Zimmerman, who, when analyzing the images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) HiRise probe database, came across some photographs whose titles drew his attention: "Candidate Landing Site for SpaceX", that is, possible Starship landing sites. The images also sharpened the curiosity of the humanmars.net website, which gathered in a map all the locations pointed out.

According to Cnet, the locations for a possible SpaceX mission landing came up in an August update to NASA's photographic record base, and the images were taken between June and July this year.

The records show that SpaceX is interested in the Martian region of Arcadia, a place known for its vast plains. Since Starship will need a flat landing surface, this region appears to be the big bet of Elon Musk's company.

In addition, according to the U.S. Space Agency, there are glaciers beneath this Martian region. The existence of water and solar energy are two essential elements in the exploration of SpaceX's Mars Base Alpha mission, which plans to take man to the red planet.