2 private companies to race SpaceX to Mars with 2024 flight

The race to Mars is getting crowded.

Two startup space companies in California, Relativity Space and Impulse Space, announced today (July 19) that they are teaming up to launch the first commercial mission to Mars in 2024, years before the first potential trip by the more established SpaceX, which is known for its long-term plans to establish a human settlement of the Red Planet. 

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