One Step Closer To Mars For SpaceX

The announcement Tuesday afternoon by NASA that Southern California private rocket and spacecraft developer SpaceX has been selected to help deliver astronauts to the International Space Station, helps move SpaceX one step closer to the ultimate goal: Mars. NASA said it selected SpaceX--along with Boeing--to help deliver astronauts to space, to end the sole reliance the nation currently has on Russia to deliver its astronauts to the International Space Station. SpaceX CEO and technology mogul Elon Musk has been a vocal critic of the U.S. reliance on Russia for delivering its astronauts to space; something which in recent months has become even more of an issue due to simmering tensions in Eastern Europe. SpaceX--which already has made its mark in history as being the first, private company to deliver cargo to the ISS--unveiled its first manned spacecraft, the Dragon V2, in May.