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SpaceX’s historic Falcon 9 success streak met a fiery end

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded July 11 evening, roughly an hour after launching from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. The upper engine’s rapid unscheduled disassembly (RUD) marked the company’s first accident in roughly eight years and ended a record-setting streak of nearly 300 successful missions that have transported cargo, satellites, and astronauts. SpaceX […]

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Elon Musk’s Martian dreams include modded Cybertrucks and bioengineered animals

Elon Musk’s lifelong obsession with establishing humanity’s future civilization on Mars includes modified Cybertrucks and new, bioengineered species “that are better suited” for life in a SpaceX colony populated, in part, by his many children. These—and many other details of Musk’s dreams of Martian living—are showcased in a wide-ranging June 11 report from The New

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SpaceX will attempt the first commercial spacewalk

This month, the burgeoning era of private spaceflight takes a big step forward. SpaceX is set to launch Polaris Dawn, its second all-civilian mission (after Inspiration4 in 2021) and the first in their Polaris program. Originally announced in 2022, Polaris Dawn is designed to push the limits of SpaceX’s technology and help pave the way

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In the era of private spaceflight, who gets to be an astronaut?

The title of “astronaut” is one of the rarest designations a human can have—only 652 people on our planet have ventured into outer space.  Figuring out how to leave Earth on a rocket was truly such a difficult task that it required resources and manpower that only a government-scale operation like NASA could provide. And

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