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Elon Musk Says Humans Could Be on Mars in 10 Years

And living in a permanent Martian colony in 50 years

(Newser) - Human's have two choices: "become a spacefaring species" or perish in an "extinction event on Earth," Elon Musk said Tuesday during the International Astronautical Conference in Mexico while laying out his plan to colonize Mars. Here's what you need to know about the SpaceX founder'... More »

SpaceX May Owe Satellite Owner Free Flight After Blast

Either that or $50M

(Newser) - Facebook isn't the only company smarting after last week's explosion of a SpaceX rocket on the launchpad. The Israeli company that owned the satellite destroyed in the fire may seek either $50 million or a free flight as compensation, reports Reuters . The loss of the AMOS-6 satellite is... More »

SpaceX Explosion Could Be Big Blow for Facebook

Destroyed satellite was part of Facebook's initiative

(Newser) - A blast that sounded like thunder, then the sounds of more explosions: SpaceX's launch site was rocked by an explosion Thursday shortly after 9am. The company says in a statement that in preparation for Thursday's engine firing—a test carried out a few days before every launch—"... More »

SpaceX Dragon Returns to Earth With 'Gifts'

Including 12 mice

(Newser) - A SpaceX Dragon capsule returned to Earth on Friday with scientific gifts from the International Space Station, the AP reports. NASA astronaut Kate Rubins waved goodbye as the Dragon slowly flew away Friday morning. Six hours later, the spacecraft parachuted into the Pacific, just off Mexico's Baja California coast.... More »

SpaceX's Latest Launch Scores 2 Wins

Booster's vertical touchdown is the cherry on the sundae

(Newser) - SpaceX successfully launched a critical space station docking port for astronauts early Monday, along with a DNA decoder for high-flying genetic research. As an extra treat, the company brought its leftover first-stage booster back to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station for a vertical touchdown—only the second such land landing... More »

SpaceX Lands First Rocket at Sea

Triumph follows failures, explosions

(Newser) - SpaceX resumed station deliveries for NASA on Friday, and in a double triumph, successfully landed its booster rocket on an ocean platform for the first time. The unmanned Falcon rocket soared into a clear afternoon sky, carrying a full load of supplies for the International Space Station as well as... More »

SpaceX Rocket Botches Ocean Landing

But it sends Jason-3 satellite into orbit

(Newser) - The first stage of a SpaceX rocket that delivered a US-European ocean-monitoring satellite into orbit Sunday made a hard landing on a floating barge in the Pacific and broke a support leg. SpaceX announcers say the Falcon 9 was not upright after reaching the 300-by-170 foot landing pad in choppy... More »

In 10 Minutes, SpaceX Made History

Booster rocket lands vertically after putting satellites in orbit

(Newser) - SpaceX dusted off its Falcon rocket Monday night, launching it toward orbit for the first time since an accident over the summer . That first part was successful; the second part was, in the words of Elon Musk, "a revolutionary moment": The New York Times reports as the "second... More »

After 4 Tries, 'Santa on His Way' to Space Station

First US shipment since April blasts off

(Newser) - A US shipment of much-needed groceries and other astronaut supplies rocketed toward the International Space Station for the first time in months on Sunday, reigniting NASA's commercial delivery service. If the Orbital ATK capsule arrives at the space station Wednesday as planned, it will represent the first US delivery... More »

Bezos 1, Musk 0: Reusable Rocket Goes to Space and Back

Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket nailed landing after 62-mile journey

(Newser) - Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin space firm beat Elon Musk's SpaceX to the punch and launched its Blue Shepard reusable rocket into outer space, then returned to its landing pad in its "first successful uncrewed reusability test," Mashable reports. The BE-3 rocket and empty crew capsule flew to... More »

After 2 Misfires, Space Station Finally Gets Fresh Supplies

Russian Progress M-28M docked successfully this morning

(Newser) - An unmanned Russian cargo ship has docked successfully at the International Space Station, where it was anxiously awaited by the US-Russian crew after the successive failures of two previous supply missions. The Progress M-28M ship, which is carrying 2.5 metric tons of fuel, oxygen, water, food, and other supplies,... More »

SpaceX Supply Rocket Explodes After Liftoff

It was unmanned

(Newser) - An unmanned SpaceX supply rocket bound for the International Space Station exploded soon after lifting off this morning, reports CNN . It's still too early to figure out what happened. Though it's not the first time a supply rocket has met this fate, it's the first time for... More »

SpaceX Narrowly Misses Historic Rocket Landing

Second attempt to have it come down on ship fails

(Newser) - Maybe the third time will be the charm? Space's second attempt to have a rocket return safely to Earth after launching its payload came close but failed, reports CNN . The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched successfully from Cape Canaveral and sent its cargo capsule hurtling toward the International Space... More »

SpaceX Rocket Recovery Test: 'Close but No Cigar'

Novel attempt to have it land back on Earth doesn't work

(Newser) - SpaceX this morning successfully launched a new batch of equipment now en route to the International Space Station, but a first-of-its-kind attempt to salvage the rocket that sent it up didn't work. The idea was to try to guide the first-stage rocket back to Earth upon separation and have... More »

At Last Minute, SpaceX Aborts Rocket Launch

Experiment now postponed until Friday morning

(Newser) - With just one minute to go before SpaceX's 6:20am ET launch of a Falcon 9 rocket in what would be a rather remarkable test of reusing rocket components , the space agency called off the mission at Cape Canaveral. The Los Angeles Times reports that a problem with the... More »

SpaceX Wants to Land a Rocket —on a Barge

Tomorrow's launch hopes to move toward reusable rockets with dicey landing

(Newser) - There's not much that's terribly environmentally friendly, efficient, or inexpensive about rockets—they're single-use, sometimes explode , and even when they don't they usually end up as ocean junk. SpaceX is looking to tweak that calculus with tomorrow's Falcon 9 launch in Cape Canaveral, reports the... More »

Why on Earth Is SpaceX Hiring a Farmer?

Maybe for potatoes on Mars, or maybe for the tax breaks

(Newser) - As a company that hopes to rocket passengers into space and colonize other planets, you might expect SpaceX to run some unusual help-wanted ads from time to time. But a new one is definitely raising eyebrows: Elon Musk's company is looking for an experienced farmer in Texas. Applicants should... More »

Massive Dark-Web Bust Takes Down 400 Sites

17 arrested this week

(Newser) - Online shoppers looking for drugs, weapons, or hitmen may have just hit a wall. Authorities from 17 countries, including the US, have shut down a huge chunk of the "dark web" in the past week, making some 17 arrests, the Guardian reports. Authorities seized host servers, more than 400... More »

Doomed Rocket's Engine Was Ancient, a 'Joke'

Leftover from Soviet program in '60s, '70s; crabcakes aboard tragically burnt

(Newser) - The cause of yesterday's rocket explosion over Wallops Island, Va., remains under investigation: While a tweet from Orbital Sciences refers to a "vehicle anomaly," other reports have focused on aging rocket engines. They were built in the 1960s and 1970s to send Soviet cosmonauts to the moon,... More »

SpaceX Capsule Full of Experiments Lands

High seas had delayed its return; another launch set for tomorrow

(Newser) - A SpaceX capsule loaded with space station experiments is back on Earth. The unmanned Dragon capsule parachuted yesterday into the Pacific, west of Mexico's Baja Peninsula. It departed the International Space Station earlier in the day with 3,300 pounds of gear for NASA, including valuable science samples. More »

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