Space X to Mars by 2018:

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    SpaceX aims to send 'Red Dragon' capsule to Mars in 2018
    April 27, 2016 by By Marcia Dunn

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    This artist rendering provided by SpaceX shows a Dragon capsule sitting on the surface of Mars. SpaceX is shooting for Mars. The company's billionaire founder and chief executive Elon Musk says he plans to send a Dragon capsule to the red planet as early as 2018. Musk is dubbing his Mars spacecraft Red Dragon. (SpaceX via AP)
    No astronauts will accompany Red Dragon on this first test flight. Musk says he wouldn't recommend transporting crews in Dragons beyond the moon. He says the internal volume is only about the size of an SUV.

    Musk notes that the upgraded Dragon for humans is designed to land anywhere in the solar system.

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