A SpaceX rocket on its way to orbit.
A SpaceX rocket on its way to orbit.
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On Friday Elon Musk will lay out his updated plan to bring humans to Mars and beyond.

The SpaceX founder’s speech is expected to fill in some holes and change up some details about the company’s plans for Mars that were first revealed in 2016 at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC).

The Friday speech — which will be given as part of the 2017 IAC in Australia — is expected to start at 2 p.m. local time in Adelaide, but even if you’re not local, you can watch it live directly via SpaceX in the window below.

Of course, the speech will be at a somewhat ungodly hour for anyone on the East Coast of the U.S. — 12:30 a.m. ET — so maybe it’d be best to just check back for our coverage and for the archived stream when you wake up in the morning.

Musk’s talk is expected to be somewhat technical, with new details about the hardware needed to send people to Mars and other worlds in the solar system along with a hopefully updated timeline for the missions.

That said, SpaceX has only briefly teased the content of the speech with a description and a few cryptic tweets from Musk.

“Musk will provide an update to his 2016 presentation regarding the long-term technical challenges that need to be solved to support the creation of a permanent, self-sustaining human presence on Mars,” the description reads.

While all of this is very exciting in its own science fiction way, it’s also important to remember that SpaceX has yet to send any humans to space.

SpaceX also needs to get at least a few launches of its Falcon Heavy rocket under its belt before we really talk about its aspirations for Mars exploration. That rocket is the company’s essential next step toward exploring deep space and launching heavier payloads to orbit and beyond.

Hopefully the Falcon Heavy will see its first test flight in the coming months, but the company has yet to set a launch date.

The company is incredibly successful at what it is doing — namely sending uncrewed spacecraft to orbit for NASA and other companies — but it needs to do a lot more before it sends actual people to a planet humans have never been to before.

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