Washington, Oct. 18 -- The United States will be the first country to land people on Mars and the first to land a woman on the Moon, US President Donald Trump said.

"America will land the first woman on the Moon and the United States will be the first nation to land an astronaut on Mars, we're getting very close," Trump said at his campaign rally in Janesville, Wisconsin on Saturday.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said on Friday that his company was on track to launch its first uncrewed mission to Mars in four years, using the Starship reusable vehicle.

According to Musk, initially, the Starship launch vehicle should be able to carry over 100 metric tons of cargo to low Earth orbit once it is completed. The larger goal is to have Starship missions...