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This Is Elon Musk's Plan To Colonise Mars

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.

Watch Elon Musk Reveal His Plan To Colonise Mars

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.

SpaceX Just Passed A Major Milestone On Its Mission To Mars

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.

These New Images Of Jagged Rock Formations On Mars Are Just Incredible

Image Cache: NASA’s Curiosity rover is currently exploring the “Murray Buttes” region of lower Mount Sharp, where it captured these beautiful colour images of eroded rock formations. The pictures are so crisp and detailed, it’s as if we’re right there on the Martian surface.

Australian Scientists Just Found The World's Oldest Fossils

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.

We Finally Know What Caused Those Mysterious Craters On Phobos

Phobos just can’t catch a break. Not only is Mars’ lumpy, crusted-over dust bunny of a moon destined to be ripped to pieces in 10 million years, it seems the poor thing can’t stop punching itself.

Year-Long Simulation Of Humans Living On Mars Comes To An End

One year ago, six volunteers — an astrobiologist, a physicist, a pilot, an architect, a journalist, and a soil scientist — entered a 36-by-20 foot dome, located near a barren volcano in Hawaii, to simulate what living conditions would be like on Mars. Today they re-emerged from their year-long isolation.

Here's What Being On Mars Sounds Like

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).

The Martian: Is A Manned Mission To Mars Possible?

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…

Maybe We Don't Have To Nuke Mars (So Much) After All

Terraforming Mars could be our only option once we screw this planet up beyond repair, but how exactly are we going to do it? One popular scheme involves releasing truckloads of nuclear warheads over the poles, unlocking billions of tonnes of frozen carbon dioxide and triggering a runaway greenhouse.

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