There has been a lot of hype about the Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) and a lot of discussion about SpaceX’s ability to deliver on its plans. Additionally the plans of SpaceX have also shown up what NASA is planning to do with the Space Launch System (SLS). NASA’s plans are a little less ambitious as far as the timeline goes but are certainly a lot more richer in what they want to achieve, including a return to the Moon and a space station orbiting the Moon. SpaceX, on the other hand, have single minded ambition on getting to Mars and may well just do that. Either way it’s looking increasingly likely that the US will be the first nation to put humans on Mars, it might be SpaceX, it might be NASA or it might be some combination of both of them. The timeline could be anywhere from 7 years to 17 years but it’s increasingly looking like it will happen.