SpaceX is not joking about its plans for Mars. It seems that Ilon Musk's space company has requested images of NASA's potential landing sites for Mars.
The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter HiRise Camera Database includes a small group of images labeled "SpaceX Starship Candidate Landing Site."
Starship is a new generation SpaceX & # 39; s spacecraft. It is intended to serve Earth's orbit as well as the Moon and ultimately Mars. Star movement is moving through a fairly rapid process of development. SpaceX is currently building two orbital prototypes and has just completed a successful short jump on itsas a test of its Raptor engine.
Robert Zimmermann from the blog "Behind the Black" seems to be the first person to pay attention to the NASA image Mars-focused site humanMars.net picked it up with its publication on Sunday.
The HiRise image database can be searched by anyone. These SpaceX-related images may have come out in a recent August update. The MRO captured the images in June and July.
While SpaceX may be years after the launch of a real Mars mission, this does not prevent you from starting to look at possible landing sites. NASA begins its own estimates in advance before sending a landing gear or rover to the Red Planet.
NASA is currently focusing on the moon as a jumping off point to Mars, but the space agency has already examined Mars for human exploration. In 201
SpaceX's HiRise images show that the company is mainly interested in the Mark Arcadia area, which has both volcanoes and large open planes. A star ship will need a fairly smooth place, without large rocks to touch. The MRO images show mostly flat areas that look like solid contenders for Starship.
The appearance of these images is not surprising. We already knew. It's fun to look at the images and imagine the glittering Starship coming down to the surface of Mars in one of these places.
CNET reached out to SpaceX and the University of Arizona HiRise team.