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NASA and SpaceX team to test asteroid tech that prevents extinction events

NASA and SpaceX team to test asteroid tech that prevents extinction events

Yesterday was a pretty exciting day for SpaceX, and today things got even better. NASA announced today that it has selected SpaceX as the launch partner for its upcoming Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission in 2021. The mission will examine whether or not we can divert rogue asteroids headed for Earth by slamming spacecraft into them, which frankly sounds awesome.

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SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket’s Arabsat-6A satellite launch was a success

SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket’s Arabsat-6A satellite launch was a success

Humanity's most powerful rocket, the SpaceX Falcon Heavy, had a successful second flight today, the company has announced. This flight followed the first Falcon Heavy test launch in 2018 and involved the Arabsat-6A, a Saudi Arabian communications satellite. All three of the rocket's boosters safely landed on Earth; the side boosters for this launch hadn't previously been used.

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SpaceX Starhopper Starship makes one small hop for mankind

SpaceX Starhopper Starship makes one small hop for mankind

Having nailed down Falcon 9 launches and landings, Elon Musk's SpaceX is setting its sights on the next literally big thing. Before its stainless steel Starship could take to the skies, however, its test version needs to make a few hops first. That first hop just took place at Boca Chica, Texas and the Starhopper survived to tell the tale, opening the door for future ground hops before the big suborbital one.

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Who sent the plush Earth toy to the International Space Station?

Who sent the plush Earth toy to the International Space Station?

If you'd seen the plush "Earthie" toy in photos of the International Space Station, you'd know it. It's basically a spherical earth in blue and green, with blue arms, blue legs, black oval-shaped eyes, and a circular black dot mouth. It's super cute, really - but where did Earthie come from? And the most obvious question - where can I get one to love and hold forever?

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NASA shares SpaceX Crew Dragon splashdown video after milestone mission

NASA shares SpaceX Crew Dragon splashdown video after milestone mission

NASA shared a video of the SpaceX Crew Dragon reentry and splashdown this morning, completing Demo-1 flight test in its entirety. This is a historic video - and event - due to its place in returning human astronauts to space via commercial means. Now that this test is complete, SpaceX can move forward with tests with humans onboard craft of similar stature.

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SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule splashdown happens today

SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule splashdown happens today

SpaceX made history this month becoming the first private space company to test a capsule meant for shuttling astronauts into space and returning them to Earth. The capsule is called the Crew Dragon and its first test flight launched without a hitch several days ago. Not long after the launch, the capsule docked with the ISS using completely automated means.

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A NASA astronaut captured the moment SpaceX made history

A NASA astronaut captured the moment SpaceX made history

NASA astronaut Anne McClain captured an absolutely stunning image of SpaceX's historic Crew Dragon spacecraft as it approached the International Space Station. The photo, which was shared by McClain on Twitter today, was joined by the caption, "The dawn of a new era in human spaceflight." SpaceX's Crew Dragon, which was designed to transport humans, successfully docked with the ISS for the first time.

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SpaceX Crew Dragon docks with ISS using automated system

SpaceX Crew Dragon docks with ISS using automated system

SpaceX has made history once more and, no, it's not for yet another successful rocket landing or reusing a rocket. The historic milestone takes place in outer space this time, with its Crew Dragon spacecraft checking a few "firsts" off its list. More than just its first unmanned test flight, the Crew Dragon Demo-1 also made a historic first automated docking with the International Space Station.

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SpaceX Crew Dragon Demo-1 groundbreaking launch: How to watch live

SpaceX Crew Dragon Demo-1 groundbreaking launch: How to watch live

In the early morning hours on March 2, SpaceX will conduct the first unmanned flight test of its Crew Dragon spacecraft. NASA announced the upcoming launch earlier this week, and now it is back with a full launch schedule. Assuming there aren't any delays, the launch will take place from the Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A at 2:49 AM EST on Saturday. The public has multiple options for watching the event live.

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SpaceX Crew Dragon mission test launch details: NASA says GO!

SpaceX Crew Dragon mission test launch details: NASA says GO!

We've entered a new age in our human history aimed directly at the stars as a private company tests a crew ship ready to exit our atmosphere. NASA and SpaceX's plans to test the Crew Dragon are going as planned, and an uncrewed test flight is set to take place this Saturday. You'll need to be real dedicated to the situation if you're going to catch is happening live - it's going to be taking place early, early in the morning (from a US-based perspective, anyway).

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SpaceX, Boeing Commercial Crew flights delayed by NASA (again)

SpaceX, Boeing Commercial Crew flights delayed by NASA (again)

NASA has once again pushed back the first test flights for its Commercial Crew program. The Commercial Crew Program was originally scheduled to get off the ground in January with the launch of SpaceX's Demo-1, followed by Boeing's Orbital Flight Test in March. Now those flights have been delayed to March 2 and no earlier than April, respectively.

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SpaceX just fired its Mars rocket engine and it didn’t explode

SpaceX just fired its Mars rocket engine and it didn’t explode

While we were sleeping, SpaceX and Elon Musk were firing a rocket engine that'll one day propel a spaceship to Mars. This is a Raptor rocket engine, and it's been fired at the SpaceX's Rocket Development and Test Facility in McGregor, Texas. This is generally where the most intense and explosive testing work is done by the company - out in the flat fields, amongst the farms about halfway between Dallas and Austin.

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