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SpaceX launches, lands second Falcon 9 in 48 hours in extreme weather

SpaceX launches, lands second Falcon 9 in 48 hours in extreme weather

Neither rain nor snow nor gloom of night. That USPS battle cry could very well be adopted by SpaceX in the future. Against weather that would have normally caused a cancellation, SpaceX launched a second Falcon 9 just two days after it successfully launched and, more importantly, successfully landed one. And, both through luck and hard work, SpaceX was able to once again successfully land that second rocket, taking them one step closer to the dream of space commerce and tourism.

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SpaceX tested Falcon Heavy rocket’s center core last week

SpaceX tested Falcon Heavy rocket’s center core last week

Elon Musk has always been ambitious, but sometimes ambition has to be tempered by reality and the limitations of current technologies. Those are pretty much the reasons, according to Musk himself, why his space-faring SpaceX company has delayed its Falcon Heavy rocket launch year after year after year. But to assure investors and fans alike that the Falcon Heavy is still a thing, SpaceX released a short clip showing its successful test of the large rocket's center core last week.

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Astronaut John Glenn, first American to orbit Earth, dies

Astronaut John Glenn, first American to orbit Earth, dies

Today on the news that American hero John Glenn had died we gathered together a series of inspiring words from and about him. Perhaps the most famous of these is "Godspeed, John Glenn," spoken by mission controller Scott Carpenter as Glenn neared launch onboard Friendship 7 in February of 1962. That flight was part of NASA's Project Mercury and carried Glenn on three orbits around the Earth.

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Elon Musk Reddit AMA takes humans on Mars to stay there

Elon Musk Reddit AMA takes humans on Mars to stay there

Elon Musk is a man with many dreams and many companies to make those dreams come true. But as far as moon shots, or perhaps Mars shots, are concerned, his dream of populating the red planet with inhabits, human or otherwise, is perhaps the most eccentric and most incredible, in the literal sense of the word, of them all. But to prove that he means business, and hard science, Musk took to Reddit to answer fans' and doubters' burning questions on how he plans to get people to Mars for good.

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Virgin Galactic resumes test flights 2 years after fatal accident

Virgin Galactic resumes test flights 2 years after fatal accident

In 2014, a test flight conducted by Virgin Galactic, the company's commercial space flight division, ended in tragedy when a crew member was killed in a crash. Now, just shy of two years later, the company has held its first successful test flight since the accident. Virgin Galactic announced on Friday that a four-hour flight had been performed over the Mojave desert at a height of over 50,000 feet, marking the debut of the recently completed SpaceShip Two passenger vehicle, the VSS Unity.

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Elon Musk wants to land three rockets at the same time

Elon Musk wants to land three rockets at the same time

Now that it has a few successful rocket landings under its belt, including two on land, SpaceX is moving on to the next ambitious goal: landing more than one rocket "almost" simultaneously. This surprising revelation was made, and confirmed by Elon Musk himself, when the space travel company was reported to be seeking approval for two additional landing pads on Florida's Space Coast in order to indeed land the three rockets of a Falcon Heavy rocket within just minutes of each other.

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SpaceX bags its second Falcon 9 ground landing

SpaceX bags its second Falcon 9 ground landing

Elon Musk's SpaceX seems to finally be getting its rocket landings down to a "T". Although not its second, not even its second, successful rocket landing, this latest accomplishment is no less commendable. What makes it different is actually what makes it similar to SpaceX historic first landing. The Falcon 9 rocket that just launched a Dragon capsule into orbit is the company's second rocket to have successfully come back down to earth in one piece landing on solid ground instead of a remote, floating, and moving barge on water.

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3 ISS astronauts return to Earth after 186 days in space

3 ISS astronauts return to Earth after 186 days in space

Most people would agree there's nothing like sleeping in your own bed after a decent amount of time away from home, but for these three astronauts, they're probably just happy to be back on Earth, regardless of where they sleep. Early Saturday morning saw the return of NASA's Commander Tim Kopra, the European Space Agency's Tim Peake, and Yuri Malenchenko of Russia's Roscomos after spending 186 consecutive days in space.

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SpaceX shows suprise rocket landing from 3 different views

SpaceX shows suprise rocket landing from 3 different views

The rivalry between Elon Musk's SpaceX and Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin has just taken on a new angle and in a new arena. The two are now competing for YouTube views as much as successful rocket landings. On the heels of Blue Origin releasing a "ride-along" video of its landing last April from the vantage point of an onboard camera, SpaceX is now showing off its own, equally tense, landing from last week. And it has not one but three clips to show off. Sadly, none of them from onboard the rocket itself.

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Blue Origin’s rocket landing seen again from a camera

Blue Origin’s rocket landing seen again from a camera

There is a saying about how third time's a charm and for Blue Origin, backed by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, that definitely has a ring of truth to it. Early last month, the space travel company celebrated the third landing of its New Shepard sub-orbital rocket. Along with its third safe landing on terra firma, it was also the rocket's third flight as well, a major step forward in the quest for reusable commercial flight rockets. While Blue Origin doesn't have a new launching and landing yet, the company is filling in the gap by releasing a video of the rocket's April landing, this time from the vantage point of a camera on the rocket itself.

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Blue Origin shares video of important third landing

Blue Origin shares video of important third landing

Over the weekend, Blue Origin, the space agency backed by Amazon's Jeff Bezos, made yet another successful landing of the New Shepard rocket. In fact, this is the third time that very same rocket was launched and landed, first in November and then in January. The company has finally shared the edited video footage of that launch. And while the video seemed almost ordinary and normal, which is probably part of the message, it almost belies the significance of Blue Origin's achievement in the fields of space science and space travel.

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SpaceX launch aborted a 3rd time, partly due to wandering boat

SpaceX launch aborted a 3rd time, partly due to wandering boat

Third time is not a charm this time for the company that was able to safely land an orbital rocket on its third attempt. SpaceX, once again, had to abort its scheduled mission to launch an SES satellite into orbit and, once again, it was due to consideration for the liquid oxygen the rocket was carrying. This time, however, the launch was automatically aborted by the computer mere seconds before liftoff. And this time, it may have been the fault of a still-unnamed boat that wandered where it should not have been.

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