So this happened...
The martian environment in the photo above is actually a mockup at the world famous Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility.
Morpheus uses a liquid oxygen (LOX)/liquid methane propulsion system with up to 321 second burn time.
Although still very much in the development stage, futture missions could include:
- Carry humanoid robot, rover or propellant lab to lunar landing;
- Rendezvous and propellant transfer demonstrations in Earth orbit;
- Potential asteroid rendezvous.
And if you like that video, be sure to check out this one of a SpaceX Grasshopper launch test.