First Pictures: Elon Musk's starship for passengers to Moon and Mars
New Delhi : SpaceX CEO Elon Musk on Thursday unveiled first pictures of a retro-looking steely rocket – Starship – that may transport people from Earth to planets like Moon and Mars.
The pictures of the rocket were shared from the official Twitter account of Elon Musk; it is due for its first Test flight in coming weeks.
"Starship test flight rocket just finished assembly at the @SpaceX Texas launch site. This is an actual picture, not a rendering," he wrote.
The prototype of the rocket has been built in Boca Chica, along the Gulf Coast of Texas. It is a little smaller than the actual size of the rocket with 8 meters of diameter.
The first test flight of the rocket can be expected around March and April.
Starship test flight rocket just finished assembly at the @SpaceX Texas launch site. This is an actual picture, not a rendering. pic.twitter.com/k1HkueoXaz— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 11, 2019
SpaceX first Starship hopper under Texas Boca Chica Beach's cloudy sky.@elonmusk #Starship #SpaceX pic.twitter.com/hVg5Ken7Vp— Evelyn Janeidy Arevalo (@JaneidyEve) January 10, 2019
SpaceX has said the duo could one day transport people from city to city on Earth, as well as propel passengers around the Moon, to the lunar surface, and even to Mars and back.
SpaceX currently launches regular supply missions to the astronauts living at the International Space Station, using its Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon cargo capsule.