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SpaceX's Interplanetary Transport System for Mars Colonization in Images

Ready for Mars

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After refueling, the spacecraft carrying Mars-bound astronauts is ready to head out.

Coasting to Mars

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The crewed spaceship will then cruise to Mars at a speed of around 62,634 mph (100,800 km/h).

Solar Power

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The spacecraft will deploy wing-like solar arrays to generate power during the trip to Mars.You can read our full story here.

En Route

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Artist's concept of SpaceX's Interplanetary Transport System spaceship on Jupiter's ocean-harboring moon Europa.

SpaceX Major Launch Timeline

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A timeline of major spaceflight milestones by the private space exploration company SpaceX. You can read our full story here.

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