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Elon Musk to share his plan for colonizing Mars

The CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors predicts a manned expedition to Mars by 2025 and will detail how he plans to do it at a conference this week.

Tesla Motors and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has a plan to get humans to Mars, and he'll be sharing it tomorrow at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico.


SpaceX CEO Elon Musk.

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The title of his hour-long presentation, per the official IAC16 programme: "Making Humans an Interplanetary Species."

Mars has long been in Musk's sights, and SpaceX laid the groundwork last April with the unmanned "Red Dragon" mission, which hopes to land a probe on the Red Planet within the next few years. A manned expedition is next on the agenda, though SpaceX recently suffered a setback when a Falcon 9 rocket carrying an Israeli satellite exploded in early September during a routine rocket firing. SpaceX plans to resume launches in November.

SpaceX did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but we'll stay tuned to see what Mr. Musk has to say this weekend.