Sciency stuff...Mars plans being announced tonight 9/28...

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  • SpaceX's Elon Musk, Lockheed Martin Announcing Updated Mars Plans Tonight

    Both companies will do so at the 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Adelaide, Australia. First up is Lockheed, which will announce updates to its "Mars Base Camp" concept at 6 p.m. EDT (2200 GMT; 7:30 a.m. Friday local Adelaide time). You can watch the presentation via Australia's Science Channel.

    Then, at 12:30 a.m. EDT Friday (0430 GMT; 2 p.m. Adelaide time), SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk will reveal changes to the company's Mars-colonization architecture, which Musk first announced last year at the 67th IAC in Mexico. [SpaceX's Interplanetary Transport for Mars in Images]

    "Major improvements & some unexpected applications to be unveiled on Friday at @IAC2017 in Australia," he said via Twitter Monday (Sept. 25).

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  • It does sound quite intriguing, especially with Lockheed Martin involved. There's been a few of these privatized spacecraft/exploration companies that ended up going under after taking in millions from local counties- It happened in Texas. With Lockheed, the project will have a chance at realization.

    This thread also made me reminisce of the now defunct Disney World experience "Mission to Mars!" as a kid. I imagine this would be a little more exciting.
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