- May 4, 2019
Elon Musk founded SpaceX in 2002 with the hope of inspiring Mars exploration.
These days, though, SpaceX dreams of flying people around the moon and later landing some on the surface, then moving on to establish Martian cities, drop a million settlers there, and back up the human race from some global calamity.
SpaceX is about to launch its first astronauts, and the stakes for Elon Musk's rocket company and NASA are epic
The lives of the NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, plus the future of American spaceflight, are riding on SpaceX's Crew Dragon spaceship.