“We should put people on the surface of Mars within a decade.
That’s what SpaceX’s Gwynne Shotwell claims in a new interview with CNBC. The interview, which aired May 7, 2022, reaffirms the ultimate ambition of Elon Musk’s private space company to put humans on the surface of Mars by 2029.
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What’s new – Shotwell’s latest comments come amid speculation that SpaceX may not meet its goals of sending humans to Mars in light of apparent delays in the development of its flagship rocket, Starship, and Musk’s recent distractions with Twitter. .
In the end, Musk and SpaceX stuck to his optimistic timeline for a crewed mission to Mars despite the still unproven nature of the flagship spacecraft, Starship. SpaceX needs to show that Starship is ready to fly into space and make the journey safely before it can think of a breakthrough mission to the Red Planet. While we have successfully sent machines to the surface of our planetary neighbor, no human crew has attempted to travel to Mars before.
“I think we need to make a major delivery to the surface of Mars, and then people will start thinking about it more,” Shotwell said.
“And then I think five or six years from now, people will see that it’s going to be a real place to go,” she predicts.
This timeline, combined with Musk’s desired date, predicts a human landing on Mars by 2029 and then larger-scale movement of people to Mars by the mid to late 2030s. Musk has previously said that wanted to establish a permanent city on Mars by 2050. In fact, some SpaceX insiders have said the company plans to fly to Mars from Earth over the next century to help establish several cities on the red planet.
“People on the Moon, earlier,” Shotwell says in the interview. With successive delays to NASA’s vaunted Artemis Moon program, this proposed timeline may also prove a bit ambitious.
Learn more about Musk’s plans for Mars City.
On the horizon…
Telemedicine has a lot of promise, but not until the last two years locked down most of the world and many governments shut down doctor’s offices along with everything else, telemedicine had a trial by fire. One potential benefit that seems to be holding up is the promise of closing gaps in access to care — specifically, the disparities experienced by black people in the United States trying to get primary care appointments.
In a study published May 2 in the journal Telemedicine and e-healthresearchers examine the use of telehealth in black and non-black communities in 2019 and 2020. They examined how people’s use and access to medical care has changed from the pre-pandemic era to the onset and at the end of 2020, when the United States was experiencing the lockdown and its effects on in-person care.
In total, they looked at 1,947,399 appointments and found that disparities in access to a primary care physician appointment narrowed significantly.
“We looked at the whole of 2020, not just the first half of the year when telemedicine was the only option for many people, and the gap in appointment completion between black and non-black patients s is closed,” says the study’s lead author, Krisda. Chaiyachati, assistant professor of medicine at Penn Medicine, in a statement. Chaiyachati is also the physician responsible for value-based care and innovation at Verily.
“Offering telemedicine, even if it was for a crisis, appears to have been a significant step forward in addressing longstanding inequities in access to healthcare,” he adds.
Want to go further? Read the full study.
You have to see it to believe it
It is the tattered remains of a supernova known as DEM L249.
DEM L249 is in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a Milky Way satellite galaxy that lies 160,000 light-years from Earth (the LMC may soon become a key target for the James Webb Space Telescope) . Data for this image was collected by Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 instrument, according to news site ESAHubble.
5. Canada picks you up if you try to commit crimes on the Moon: The country changed its penal code to extend jurisdiction to our closest natural satellite. Phys.org has more.
4. The giant landfill eating away at the Pacific Ocean is becoming a haven for wildlife: In a beautifully illustrated story for The New York TimesAnnie Roth reflects on how life persists in unlikely places.
3. The sale of electric vehicles in Europe is booming: Sales of battery-powered cars now account for 10% of the total market, according to a new report from the Association of European Automobile Manufacturers.
2. The work culture at TikTok is about as weird and unusual as TikTok itself can get: This is the inside scoop of the the wall street journal.
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Beyond the horizon…
Tune in May 11 at 11:45 a.m. EST to hear NASA Crew 3 talk about their time on the International Space Station. Full details on how to view the live press conference can be found here.
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