Ready for Mars
After refueling, the spacecraft carrying Mars-bound astronauts is ready to head out.
Coasting to Mars
The crewed spaceship will then cruise to Mars at a speed of around 62,634 mph (100,800 km/h).
The spacecraft will deploy wing-like solar arrays to generate power during the trip to Mars.You can read our full story here.
This is what the ITS spacecraft will look like en route without its solar panels deployed.You can read our full story here.
Entering the Martian Atmosphere
The spacecraft entering the Martian atmosphere will generate 3,092 degrees Fahrenheit (1,700 degrees C) of heat. You can read our full story here. The spacecraft entering the Martian atmosphere will generate 3,092 degrees Fahrenheit (1,700 degrees C) of heat.
SpaceX Interplanetary Transport System: Jupiter
A SpaceX Interplanetary Transport System spaceship sails near Jupiter in this artist's concept of the deep-space crewed spacecraft.
SpaceX Interplanetary Transport System: Saturn
A SpaceX Interplanetary Transport System spaceship explores the rings of Saturn in this artist's concept of the vehicle's potential to send astronauts beyond Mars.
SpaceX Interplanetary Transport System: Enceladus
SpaceX's Interplanetary Transport System could potentially carry astronauts to the surface of Saturn's icy moon Enceladus, as seen in this artist's concept image.
SpaceX ITS Ship on Europa
Artist's concept of SpaceX's Interplanetary Transport System spaceship on Jupiter's ocean-harboring moon Europa.
SpaceX Major Launch Timeline
A timeline of major spaceflight milestones by the private space exploration company SpaceX. You can read our full story here.
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Hanneke Weitering is a multimedia journalist in the Pacific Northwest reporting on the future of aviation at FutureFlight.aero and Aviation International News and was previously the Editor for Spaceflight and Astronomy news here at Space.com. As an editor with over 10 years of experience in science journalism she has previously written for Scholastic Classroom Magazines, MedPage Today and The Joint Institute for Computational Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. After studying physics at the University of Tennessee in her hometown of Knoxville, she earned her graduate degree in Science, Health and Environmental Reporting (SHERP) from New York University. Hanneke joined the Space.com team in 2016 as a staff writer and producer, covering topics including spaceflight and astronomy. She currently lives in Seattle, home of the Space Needle, with her cat and two snakes. In her spare time, Hanneke enjoys exploring the Rocky Mountains, basking in nature and looking for dark skies to gaze at the cosmos.