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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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SpaceX Just Performed Its Most Mysterious Mission Yet

After a literal last-minute cancellation yesterday, SpaceX successfully launched and landed a Falcon 9 rocket earlier this morning in Cape Canaveral, Florida. While the details on most of SpaceX’s missions are very public, this one was purposely shrouded in mystery: the rocket was ferrying up a spy satellite, the NROL-76, for National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). It was SpaceX’s first big national security payload, and a sign of things to come as the rocket company breaks into the shadowy world of military and national security launches. Read More >>

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People Are Already Opening Accounts to Save for Space

In the halcyon days of yore, people put away money with the hopes of retiring somewhere warm, where they could argue about chicken salad with other curmudgeons until they expired. But very soon, the new retirement hotspot might be on Mars. While billionaires like Elon Musk have long touted human settlement of the Red Planet, at least a few Read More >>

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Elon Musk Wants Fully Reusable Rockets – But That Won’t Be So Easy

On March 30th, SpaceX made history when it became the first to launch and land a refurbished rocket into orbital space. Seriously, it was fucking awesome. But Elon Musk and co. aren’t stopping there. According to Musk’s Twitter, SpaceX aims to launch a reused upper stage by late next next year in order “to get to 100%” reusability. That’s right: Musk doesn’t just want to reuse the first stage booster, which is estimated to cut down launch costs by up to 30 percent. He wants to reuse the whole damn rocket. Read More >>

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SpaceX Wants You to Start Saving for Your (Possibly Deadly) Trip to Mars

Elon Musk wants to take you to Mars, but he also wants your sweet Earthling dollars to do that—hundreds of thousands of them, at least. With SpaceX’s most recent success, in which the company launched a reused rocket into orbital space for the first time ever, Mars enthusiasts and billionaires alike are buzzing to get to the Red Planet. Read More >>

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Why SpaceX’s Next Rocket Launch Is a Really Big Deal

Since its inception, SpaceX has been working toward developing reusable rockets. From a fiscal standpoint, the move makes a tremendous amount of sense: Not having to pay tens of million dollars to build a new first stage booster every time you launch is cost-effective, and would make launches a hell of a lot easier as a result. On Thursday, SpaceX will finally take the plunge—or rather, launch—and attempt to send off and land a Falcon 9 rocket that was used last April to send a Dragon cargo capsule to the International Space Station (ISS). Read More >>

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Money Won’t Save SpaceX’s Moon Tourists If Something Goes Wrong

On Monday, SpaceX founder Elon Musk announced that for the first time in history, it will be sending two private citizens on a trip around the Moon, in a Dragon 2 spacecraft. Because sending untrained civilians into space apparently isn’t enough of a gamble, Musk added that this mission would be taking place in Q4 of 2018. As an added reminder for emphasis, that’s next year. Another reminder: SpaceX has yet to send any humans into space, period. Read More >>

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SpaceX Will Fly Two Bougies Around the Moon Next Year

Well, here’s a bit of space news we weren’t expecting: Today, future Martian overlord and SpaceX founder Elon Musk announced that in 2018, the company will fly two private citizens around the Moon in its Dragon 2 spacecraft, carried by its extremely powerful Falcon Heavy rocket. While the voyagers’ names have not been disclosed, according to SpaceX, a “significant deposit” has already been made. Read More >>

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Scientists Are Sending a Lethal Pathogen to the Space Station This Weekend

On Saturday, February 18th, a SpaceX Dragon capsule will shuttle a superbug into space that kills more people each year than emphysema, HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s Disease, and homicide combined: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, more commonly known as MRSA. It’s on behalf of a study conducted by NASA and biomedicine company Nanobiosym, but I can’t help but feel like this was Elon Musk’s idea for a science fiction spec he’s working on. Read More >>

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The Most Bullshit Missions to Mars, Ranked

For decades, Mars has entranced humans, including Matt Damon. Our cosmic neighbour, located some 34 to 249 million miles away, is an enticing destination in part because of its mysterious history—but mostly because Earth is an especially terrible place to be right now. Read More >>

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Elon Musk Tweets and Immediately Deletes That ‘The Muslim Immigration Ban Is Not Right’

Unlike Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, Elon Musk still warms a seat on Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum. It’s part of playing the game, we suppose, and Musk himself has framed his choice to remain a voice in the administration as a means of getting more moderate opinions into the President’s ear. Maybe he forgot about all that? Read More >>

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NASA is Sending a Game of Thrones-Inspired Robot Into Space

Who would have guessed a little slice of Westeros would make its way to the final frontier? On Saturday, February 18th, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will carry NASA’s “three-eyed” Raven technology module to its destination just outside the International Space Station (ISS). Once there, Raven will use its sensors to collect information about incoming and outgoing spacecrafts so that ultimately, NASA can develop navigation technology for autonomous rendezvous in space—something that’s a lot easier said than done. Read More >>

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IBM Remains Spineless as 31 More Companies Oppose Trump’s Muslim Ban

The list of companies opposing President Trump’s discriminatory Muslim travel ban has grown. Late yesterday, 31 companies added their names to an amicus brief opposing the ban, claiming that it hurts business. The total is now 127 companies, but there’s still one high profile tech company that hasn’t grown a backbone: IBM. Read More >>

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Things Are Going Insanely Well for Elon Musk Since Trump Got Elected

Tesla Motors shares have surged more than 40 per cent since December as Bloomberg notes in a new report. The price of Tesla stock isn’t the only thing looking dandy for Elon Musk under the Trump presidency. Read More >>