Elon Musk announced in August that SpaceX will begin sending a crew capsule to Mars on October 1, 2019.
The mission will include the delivery of the first crewed spacecraft to the Red Planet.
SpaceX will deliver the spacecraft in a Falcon 9 rocket, along with a Dragon capsule, Dragon capsule boosters, and the Atlas V rocket, which is also capable of delivering cargo.
NASA’s Mars 2020 rover will use the vehicle to get to the surface of the Red Sea, where it will be used for scientific and exploration purposes.
For now, the first SpaceX cargo ship to Mars is slated to land on the ocean floor in the Gulf of Mexico in 2020, NASA said in a statement on Monday.
SpaceX is expected to send the first two Dragon capsules, as well as the first set of cargo and astronauts to the moon by the end of 2021.NASA said the company is looking to launch the first cargo spacecraft to Mars in 2022, but the agency is not specifying when.