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SpaceX Wants to Venture Much Further Out Into the Solar System

All images: Flickr / SpaceX
All images: Flickr / SpaceX

Elon Musk finally revealed his plans for a mission to Mars today. But a new set of images from SpaceX show the Interplanetary Transport System going even further in the solar system than the Red Planet.

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As we speculated yesterday, the plans for the ITS do, indeed, go well beyond Mars. Musk confirmed an interest in traveling elsewhere in the solar system, especially to Europa, during his speech today—and SpaceX confirmed in a tweet and with this new artwork, as well.

In the latest renderings from SpaceX, you can see the ITS heading past Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, and also Saturn’s rings. Other destinations appear to include Titan, Enceladus, Europa, or others. But before the ITS can make it way out there, the spacecraft has to show that it can get to Mars first.

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DISCUSSION

Europa??? The relentless Europa obsession has now gone beyond stupid!

The official career radiation exposure limit for a 35 year old male NASA astronauts is 250 Rem. That’s a lifetime exposure limit.

Astronauts on the surface of Europa would be within Jupiter’s deadly radiation belt with a-- daily-- radiation exposure of 540 Rem. Daily!  That’s enough radiation to cause immediate radiation sickness.

Europa is not even remotely suited for colonization. Callisto is the only Jovian moon suited for colonization because its orbit is  beyond Jupiter’s radiation belt.

Marcel