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Yesterday, billionaire tech entrepreneur and noted late guy Elon Musk unveiled his hotly-anticipated plan to send humans to liveand die — on Mars. And not just a few humans: A lot of them. In a talk that wavered between overreaching science fair presentation and straight-up science fiction, Musk described sending fleets of spacecraft, each packed hundreds of colonists, to live on a dusty, airless wasteland that we're apparently going to fix up with nuclear reactors and artificial magnetic fields.

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There was some concern recently that Elon Musk wouldn’t be attending Guadalajara for the 2016 International Astronautical Congress, where SpaceX had scheduled to reveal the technical construct transporting humans to Mars for colonisation. The reason for this concern was the "fast fire" that occurred during a static fire test of the AMOS-6 mission, which was carrying Facebook’s internet.org satellite.

The satellite was lost, Mark Zuckerberg was "disappointed", and the damage to the site where the incident occurred was extensive. Many thought since this is the second vessel SpaceX have lost in 15 months and given the complexity of the investigation into the root cause, Musk would prioritise investigation and cancel his presentation. But there he was.

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SpaceX plans to build a "self-sustaining city" on Mars, company founder Elon Musk announced today. But, while we now know a lot more about how SpaceX plans to get to Mars, details about how people will actually survive up there remain sketchy.

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Have a spare $200,000 and a need to leave this planet? SpaceX founder Elon Musk says he has you covered. Today he revealed his plan for establishing a colony on Mars — using the spaceship it gets there in.

That's right, if this plan works, it will be cheaper to move to Mars than buy a house in Sydney. What a time to be alive.

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We're finally going to hear Elon Musk's plans for a mission to Mars. You can watch along to find out what it is at 4:30AM AEST. In the meantime, here's some of what we expect to hear, what it means to finally put a person on Mars and some concept art of the system at work.

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SpaceX has been talking up its Martian travel plans for a while now, but we still don't know how it intends to get (or survive) there. As of yesterday, however, it's cleared a major hurdle: The rocket engine it will use to get to the Red Planet just fired-up for the first time.

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Australian and UK scientists have dug up the oldest fossils found on Earth to date — 3.7 billion-year-old sedimentary formations created by clumps of bacteria — which predate the current earliest fossils by a whopping 220 million years, and suggest life originated here more than four billion years ago.

And the researchers say they could help us learn about life on Mars.

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Video: None of us will probably never make it to the red planet, but if you want to get a feel for what Mars would sound like (or hear what it's like from inside an airlock), saddle up with this video from Cody's Lab. He drops a camera inside a vacuum chamber and then turns down the pressure to mimic what it's like on Mars. He actually makes it so that there's no air inside the chamber at all, which means that sound can't be created. It's pretty chilling to hear that sort of silence (even if we hear silence all the time).

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Video: With The Martian Extended Edition out today on DVD, Blu-ray and digital download, we wanted to share this behind-the-scenes look at what NASA did on its trip to Mars with the Curiosity rover, including measuring whether the interstellar radiation between planets would be fatal to humans. Good news: NASA thinks that a manned mission to Mars is possible, even though it'll take a lot of work...

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Video: A new video from Real Engineering explains the nuts and bolts of how SpaceX is planning to bring people to Mars, and details the advantages that SpaceX has in making that actually happen. It's both fun and enlightening!

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NASA is racing to finish a new Mars rover, and the mission just got a launch and land date. The new rover will leave Earth by August 2020, and in February of 2021, it will hit the surface of the Red Planet to search for signs of life.