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Elon Musk: 70% Odds I'm Going to Mars

Says Red Planet is dangerous, not an escape hatch for the rich

(Newser) - Elon Musk thinks the odds are pretty good that he'll get to to climb aboard a SpaceX rocket and take it to Mars in his lifetime—about 70% in his favor, he tells Axios . "I'm talking about moving there," he says, though he doesn't exactly... More »

Musk Puffed on a Joint. Now, Consequences

NASA to conduct safety review of SpaceX, Boeing: 'WaPo'

(Newser) - NASA will embark next year on a months-long investigation into SpaceX and Boeing to "ensure the companies are meeting NASA's requirements for workplace safety, including the adherence to a drug-free environment." Those final words are key. Though a safety review of companies enlisted to carry NASA astronauts... More »

SpaceX Pulls Off First West Coast Rocket Landing

First-stage booster made it back to launch site

(Newser) - A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carried an Argentine Earth-observation satellite into space Sunday and for the first time landed a first-stage booster back at its California launch site. The primary purpose of the mission was to place the SAOCOM 1A satellite into orbit, but SpaceX also wanted to expand its... More »

Elon Musk Names Tycoon Set to Fly Around the Moon

'I choose to go to the moon,' says Yusaka Maezawa

(Newser) - "I choose to go to the moon," Japanese fashion tycoon Yusaka Maezawa declared at an event at SpaceX's California headquarters Monday night. SpaceX founder Elon Musk revealed Maezawa as the company's first paying passenger on a voyage around the moon scheduled for 2023, reports Reuters . Maezawa,... More »

SpaceX: Surprise Announcement on 'Important Step' for Space Travel

Details are scarce, but passenger reportedly booked to fly around moon on Big Falcon Rocket

(Newser) - A big announcement has emerged out of SpaceX, involving what the Verge calls a "truly out-of-this-world vacation." In a tweet late Thursday, the company proclaimed a deal has been struck with a "private passenger" to fly around the moon in its Big Falcon Rocket, or BFR—an... More »

NASA Warns SpaceX Practice Could Put Lives at Risk

A dangerous method for loading fuel has government safety experts raising alarms

(Newser) - NASA safety experts are warning SpaceX that its rocket technology has the potential to put lives at risk. Per the Washington Post , Elon Musk's company was looking for a way to supercharge rockets when engineers realized they could pack in more fuel by super-cooling it before takeoff. In order... More »

Elon Musk: Say Bye to My Companies on Facebook

The CEO responds to his Twitter followers

(Newser) - Elon Musk hit Twitter on Friday, fired off a few tweets, and boom—the Facebook pages for his companies SpaceX and Tesla were gone, the Verge reports. It began with WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton tweeting him, "It is time. #deletefacebook," and Musk replying, "What's Facebook?" Soon... More »

Elon Musk: Mars Will Need Bars, Pizza Joints

He says Mars ship will make maiden flight next year

(Newser) - Elon Musk says that while sticking to timelines has never been his strong point, he hopes that he'll have started the next chapter in his space odyssey in the first half 2019. That's when the SpaceX founder hopes the BFR—aka the Big F------ Rocket—will make its... More »

Man Checked Into Motel After SpaceX Launch. He Didn't Leave

Police searching for suspect in Florida homicide

(Newser) - Terry Hillard arrived in Cocoa, Florida, to watch Tuesday's SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket launch. A day later he was dead. The Orlando Sentinel reports an employee of the Dixie Motel called 911 on Wednesday morning after finding Hillard's body in his room. The 65-year-old Hillard checked into the... More »

So Close, Yet So Far: The YT Record That SpaceX Launch Almost Broke

The numbers weren't that close, but Tuesday's livestream is YT's 2nd-most-viewed video ever

(Newser) - An impressive 2.3 million people were at one time tuned in to SpaceX's livestream of its Falcon Heavy launch Tuesday, meaning Elon Musk now has another achievement under his belt in addition to sending "Starman" into space in his cherry-red convertible. The livestream was the second biggest... More »

SpaceX Just Launched a Tesla Into Orbit

Elon Musk is showing off his fancy new rocket

(Newser) - SpaceX's big new rocket has blasted off on its first test flight, carrying a red sports car on an endless road trip past Mars. The Falcon Heavy rocket rose Tuesday from the same Florida launch pad used by NASA nearly 50 years ago to send men to the moon,... More »

There Could Be a Car in Space on Tuesday

SpaceX aims to send Tesla Roadster into sun's orbit during Falcon Heavy test

(Newser) - A space superhighway remains only an idea , but Elon Musk will attempt to blast a flashy red convertible skyward regardless. Musk's Tesla Roadster will be aboard SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket on its debut launch from Florida's Kennedy Space Center on Tuesday. The car is meant to showcase... More »

Major Mishap in SpaceX's 'Most Secretive' Launch Yet

US spy satellite is believed lost

(Newser) - A US spy satellite worth billions is presumed lost after failing to reach orbit during SpaceX's "most secretive" launch ever, reports CNET . The satellite, codenamed Zuma, apparently failed to separate from the upper section of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Sunday and... More »

Southern California Sees This in the Sky, and Freaks

Turns out it wasn't a UFO

(Newser) - An alien invasion? A North Korean attack? After Southern Californians saw a bright white streak and blooming cloud light up the night sky Friday, hundreds called 911, scared, reports ABC News . The culprit was much more benign: SpaceX, though Elon Musk's tweet of video of the cause, a Falcon... More »

Eagle-Eyed Viewers Got Surprise From Musk on Twitter

Tesla CEO accidentally tweeted out his phone number

(Newser) - Among the most famous phone numbers: 911, 867-5309 , 1-800-MATTRESS, and now … Elon Musk's cellphone digits. The Tesla and SpaceX CEO posted his personal number on Twitter Tuesday, apparently in error, as he tried to correspond with the chief technology officer of Oculus, Bloomberg reports. "Do you have... More »

A SpaceX First Brings Christmas, Bud Experiment to ISS

Though NASA's not saying what Santa might be bringing

(Newser) - A SpaceX capsule has returned to the International Space Station, just in time for Christmas. Astronauts used the station's big robot arm to grab the Dragon capsule out of orbit Sunday morning, reports the AP . It's the second visit for the supply ship, which made a delivery for... More »

SpaceX Scores Another Big First

Recycled rocket launched with recycled capsule

(Newser) - SpaceX racked up another first on Friday, launching a recycled rocket with a recycled capsule on a grocery run for NASA. The unmanned Falcon rocket blasted off with a just-in-time-for-Christmas delivery for the International Space Station, taking flight again after a six-month turnaround, the AP reports. On board was a... More »

'Zuma' Will Launch Today, and We Have No Idea What It Is

Inside SpaceX's 3rd national-security launch

(Newser) - As far as secrets go, "Zuma" is a juicy one. That's the name given to the payload SpaceX is scheduled to blast into low earth orbit from Cape Canaveral sometime between 8pm and 10pm local time Thursday, and as CNET puts it, "just about all that is... More »

Elon Musk Makes Headlines—as Does His Mom

SpaceX CEO thinks rockets will zip people around the world in a matter of minutes

(Newser) - In a not-too-distant future, rocket ships will fly people around the world in a matter of minutes, according to SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. At the International Astronautical Congress in Australia on Friday, Musk opened up about SpaceX's progress on its BFR (Big F****ing Rocket) that he hopes will carry... More »

SpaceX Releases Explosive Rocket-Landing Blooper Reel

'We messed up a lot,' Elon Musk admits

(Newser) - SpaceX has put together a bloopers video showing "How NOT to land an orbital rocket booster," the AP reports. Set to John Philip Sousa's rousing march The Liberty Bell, the two-minute video posted Thursday shows rockets exploding at sea and over land. The opening blast, from 2013,... More »

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