Ilon Musk was visibly excited as he took the stage Saturday night at the SpaceX facility in Boca Chica, Texas. Behind him stood the hull of a shiny, bullet-shaped rocket clad in stainless steel. It looked like something pulled straight from the pages of a pulp sci-fi novel, but that's not a fantasy. This is Starship: the upper tier of the next-generation SpaceX rocket that Musk hopes will soon bring humans to the moon and eventually to Mars.
"Consciousness is a very rare and valuable thing and we must take all steps to preserve the light of consciousness," said Musk. "I think we should do everything we can to become a multiplanetary species and expand consciousness beyond Earth, and we should do it now."
"The critical breakthrough we need to become a space civilization is to make space travel as air travel," Musk said. "Reusable rocket is at the heart of the holy grail of space."