The photo of the starship that Elon Musk shared on Twitter (on the left) and the rendering of an artist (on the right). Credit: Elon Musk via Twitter.
Elon Musk shared the first photograph of the starship, the ultimate spacecraft developed by his space exploration company, SpaceX.
Formerly known as Big Falcon Rocket, the starship was designed with the one-day goal of helping establish bases on the Moon and Mars.
Musk has published the photograph of the starship on his Twitter account, with some people noticing how much the outside of the spacecraft is structured compared to the computer rendering that was teased some days earlier.
The stellar flight test rocket has just finished assembling at the @SpaceX Texas launch site. This is a real image, not a rendering. pic.twitter.com/k1HkueoXazJanuary 11, 2019
Next stop, Mars
In 2017, Musk claimed the spaceship would be able to "take you anywhere on Earth in 60 minutes "- but if you're already dreaming about fast travel around the world, you'll be disappointed to know that the image shared by Musk only shows a test vehicle.
Intends to undergo sub-orbital flights, with the first planned in March / April of this year, before moving on to orbital flights in 2020.
This means that Musk's apparent plans to move to Mars they could become a reality before we thought. That said, there are a number of obstacles that must be overcome before you can even consider the colonization of Mars, including how to land a one-ton vehicle on its surface, and – if the first humans want to return to Earth – as jump out of the surface of the planet.
Only time will tell if SpaceX or NASA will win the race to the red planet – but at this moment it seems that things are proceeding rather quickly in Musk's space exploration company.