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Old February 13th, 2022 #77
Stewart Meadows
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Elon Musk says first SpaceX orbital flight could come in March — a key step to Mars

By Ariel Zilber
February 11, 2022

SpaceX boss Elon Musk said that the first-ever orbital flight of his Starship rocket could take off as early as this March — a key step in eventually realizing his goal of building human colonies on Mars.

“This is the first point in the 4.5-billion-year history of Earth that it has been possible,” Musk said on Thursday.

“We need to seize the opportunity and do it as quickly as possible. I want to be frank: Civilization is feeling a little fragile these days.”

Musk told employees at his Texas-based company he was confident that the world’s most powerful rocket would reach orbit sometime this year.

He made the comments while standing near the 390-foot high rocket at the company’s spaceport in Boca Chica near the Gulf Coast.