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Uh, This Flat Earther’s Homemade Manned Rocket Launch Does Not Sound Totally Advisable

61-year-old DIY enthusiast and stuntman “Mad” Mike Hughes is planning his first manned launch of a homemade, £16,000 steam-powered rocket with “RESEARCH FLAT EARTH” written on the side on Saturday, the Associated Press reported. Read More >>

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SpaceX Launches Investigation After Rocket-Engine Explodes During Tests

On Sunday, a rocket-engine exploded during ignition tests at the SpaceX facility in Texas. The incident marks a setback for the company in what has otherwise been a pretty good year. Read More >>

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Watch a Simulated Launch of the Rocket That Will Get Us to Mars and Beyond

NASA engineers are currently hard at work developing Space Launch System 1—what will be the biggest, most powerful rocket ever built. The inaugural launch of this behemoth won’t happen any earlier than 2019, but NASA has released a spectacular simulation of the launch to whet our appetites. Read More >>

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The UK Launched a Little Rocket Not Very High

The boldly named Starchaser Industries had a successful rocket launch this morning, firing off its equally posh sounding Starchaser 2 rocket up into... the sky. Read More >>

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Watch a Madman Ride a Bike Packed With 1,000 Exploding Rockets

Riding a bike without a helmet or other protective gear is already a risky idea. But climbing aboard a custom-built bike packed with 1,000 rockets while you’re protected by nothing but a fireproof slab of foam strapped to your back is risk on a whole other level—even if you’re a semi-pro mad scientist like Colin Furze. Read More >>

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Jeff Bezos in Instagram Debut: ‘I Am Fun’

Commercial space tourism company Blue Origin, and its overlord Jeff Bezos, have been pretty quiet over the last few months. But last week, the Amazon founder made his first Instagram post, which appears to show the billionaire stranded on the roof of his own rocket facility in Florida. Because he is Fun. Haha. Read More >>

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Russian Rocket Launch Ignites Killer Grass Fire

A large grass fire triggered by a Russian rocket launch on Wednesday has killed one Kazakh man and hospitalised another. According to the AFP, pieces of the rocket fell to Earth after it launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome—the site where Sputnik 1 took off in 1957. Incredibly, the debris set off a fire that spread about 9.5 miles (15 kilometres) across. Read More >>

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Why the US Air Force Is Teaming Up With SpaceX

Over the last several months, SpaceX has been seriously diversifying its clientele: in May, it flew a spy satellite for the US National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). On Tuesday, the U.S. Air Force announced that in August, it’ll be launching a reusable X-37B mini-space shuttle on board a Falcon 9 rocket. While some of the details are still shrouded in mystery (because the military), the USAF said it will use the launch to test some electronics and oscillating heat pipes aboard the spacecraft. Fun times! Read More >>

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Watching Lightning Strike a Building in Super Slow Motion is Freaky as Hell

For the first time ever, scientists have captured high-speed footage of lightning striking a building. It’s dramatic as hell, but the video could also change the way lightning rods are used to protect buildings. Read More >>

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SpaceX to Fly a Recycled Spacecraft for the First Time Tonight

SpaceX is gearing up to get its proverbial ass to Mars. For the first time tonight, the aerospace company will launch an already-used Dragon cargo ship to the International Space Station (ISS), carrying 6,000 lbs (2,721 kilograms) of supplies and science experiments. The spacecraft will lift off from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and naturally, NASA TV will be broadcasting the whole thing live starting at 10.15pm BST. The launch itself is set to begin at 10:55pm. Read More >>

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SpaceX to Perform Its Most Heartwarming Mission Yet

The typical SpaceX payload might include a communications satellite, some ISS supplies, even the occasional spy network. But later this year, the aerospace company will embark on something quite a bit more endearing: a Falcon 9 rocket will carry the cremated remains of beloved family members into space. Read More >>

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Why SpaceX Won’t Be Landing Its Rocket Tonight

After a streak of successful launches, SpaceX is looking damn spiffy. While the best part of watching a SpaceX launch is arguably the last leg of the trip, when the Falcon 9 first stage attempts to land softly back on Earth, tonight, SpaceX will be doing something a little more complicated than its typical launch routine—and as a result, it won’t be trying to land at all. Read More >>

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Live Out Your Astronaut Dreams With Lego’s Metre-Tall NASA Apollo Saturn V Rocket

To this day, the Saturn V remains the largest and most powerful rocket NASA has ever blasted into space, which is perfectly reflected in Lego’s new Apollo Saturn V model. That model stands a full metre in height, with the Apollo lunar lander, lunar orbiter, and astronauts, hidden away inside. Read More >>

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Someone Cut a Model Rocket Engine in Half So You Can See What Happens Inside

Despite only giving you about a second of excitement at launch, model rockets are still a fun way for us (non-billionaires) to live out our dreams of space travel. But have you ever wondered what’s happening inside a model rocket engine while you’re standing a safe distance away from ignition? Read More >>

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Watch a Rocket Launch in Glorious 360 Degrees for the First Time Ever

Watching a rocket launch is the most wholesome and exciting activity besides going on a rollercoaster or eating large quantities of cheese. Today, at around 16:11 am BST, NASA, in coordination with United Launch Alliance (ULA) and Orbital ATK, will take things to the next level—the agency will be broadcasting the first-ever 360 degree live stream of a rocket launch. Read More >>