SpaceX plans to send a Dragon spacecraft to Mars as soon as 2018.
The company announced its intentions in a tweet on Wednesday.
It appeared NASA will assist SpaceX with its plans, according to a statement sent to CNBC.
"Building on an existing no-funds-exchanged collaboration with SpaceX, NASA will provide technical support for the firm's plan to attempt to land an uncrewed Dragon 2 spacecraft on Mars," a NASA spokesperson said in the Wednesday statement. "This collaboration could provide valuable entry, descent and landing data to NASA for our journey to Mars, while providing support to American industry. We have similar agreements with dozens of U.S. commercial, government, and non-profit partners."