Elon Musk shares images of “Moon Base Alpha” and “Mars City” ahead of IAC talk

Elon Musk is giving us a sneak peak of what he’ll be talking about in just a few hours at the International Astronautical Congress in Australia. The SpaceX founder shared an image he captioned “Moon Base Alpha” on Instagram today, featuring a computer rendered image of the proposed moon base, which he called for originally during a talk at the International Space Station Research and Development conference in Washington back in July. The prolific entrepreneur also shared a concept render of a so-called “Mars City.”

Musk said at the time that a moon base would really help get the public fired up about exploration and colonization further out in the solar system, including on Mars. He also tweeted late in August in response to a story about astronaut Chris Hadfield saying we…

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