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SpaceX Makes Los Angeles Port Area Site a Starting Point in Aiming for Mars

A 12-acre industrial site near the Port of Los Angeles is set to become a starting point in humanity's journey to Mars.

The Los Angeles City Council is backing SpaceX, led by billionaire and automaker Tesla founder Elon Musk, in its plans to lease an industrial property near the Port of Los Angeles to make aerospace parts that could help the tech firm in its quest to build a rocket that would enable travel to Mars.

SpaceX is headquartered in the Los Angeles suburb of Hawthorne, California, where it currently makes Falcon 9 rockets and Dragon capsules for its high-tech spacecraft. In 2018, the company received approvals from harbor commissioners and the L.A. City Council to lease buildings on port-adjacent land at Terminal Island near the San Pedro neighborhood.

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