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Elon Musk says SpaceX’s new spaceship could go ‘well beyond Mars’

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“Mars Colonial Transporter” seems like a pretty cool name for a spaceship, but it wasn’t quite ambitious enough for SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk.

“Turns out MCT can go well beyond Mars, so will need a new name,” the billionaire entrepreneur said Friday via his Twitter account, @elonmusk, referring to the spaceflight system that SpaceX is building to colonize the Red Planet.

Some of Musk’s 5.24 million Twitter followers took up the challenge and offered their own suggestions, including “Indestructible II,” “Millenium,” “Booster McBoosterface” and “Heart of Gold.” [SpaceX’s Red DragonMars Mission in Images]

This last offering was also the name of a ship in Douglas Adams’ iconic sci-fi novel “A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” which is apparently close to Musk’s heart. – READ MORE

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