And it’s thanks to the Texas economy.
A few years ago, Boca Chica, Texas, was a forgettable little village at the point where the United States, Mexico and the ocean all meet. Now, it’s home to the world’s only private spaceport and the most ambitious project of maybe the most ambitious private company on the planet.
At its Boca Chica test site, Elon Musk’s SpaceX builds, launches and tries to land prototypes of its Starship, the vessel that the company hopes will transport people to the moon and to Mars and that could get you from New York to Shanghai in 40 minutes. If Musk’s ambitions are realized, Boca Chica won’t be an unknown beach spot outside Brownsville for much longer. It’ll be the gateway to Mars.
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