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SpaceX Cargo Ship Turned Away From ISS Landing

GPS snag has moved docking attempt to Thursday

(Newser) - Sometimes GPS leads drivers into bodies of water ; other times it keeps cargo ships from docking with the International Space Station. Reuters reports the latter happened Wednesday, with SpaceX calling off the rendezvous of its Dragon spacecraft with the ISS, saying there was a glitch with the capsule's navigational... More »

After 6 Years, NASA's Historic Launchpad Back in Business

SpaceX rocket takes off from 39A pad that launched first man on the moon

(Newser) - NASA's historic moonshot pad is back in business, reports the AP , after a SpaceX Falcon rocket blasted off Sunday morning from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A. It's carrying a load of supplies for the International Space Station. The launchpad is steeped in history, notes Gizmodo , as... More »

NASA Is Sending a Drug-Resistant Superbug Into Space

And that's hopefully less scary than it sounds

(Newser) - NASA and a biomedicine company are sending a drug-resistant superbug into outer space, where it will be researched aboard the International Space Station. And while Gizmodo notes the plan sounds like "Elon Musk's idea for a science fiction spec he's working on," it will—hopefully—have... More »

SpaceX Launches First Rocket Since Explosion

And it's a success

(Newser) - A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from California on Saturday and placed a constellation of satellites in orbit, marking the company's first launch since a fireball engulfed a similar rocket on a Florida launch pad more than four months ago, the AP reports. The two-stage rocket lifted off... More »

In Wake of Explosion, SpaceX Ready to Ride Again

(Newser) - Just months after an explosion at Cape Canaveral took out one of SpaceX's Falcon rockets—along with Facebook's Internet.org satellite—as both underwent routine launch preparations, SpaceX says it's now ready to launch again on Sunday, reports the Wall Street Journal . The greenlight follows what Elon... More »

Watch Elon Musk Freak as SpaceX Makes History

Video captures entrepreneur go through rollercoaster of emotion during launch

(Newser) - Last year around this time, SpaceX pulled off the feat of launching a rocket and then having it return safely to Earth after sending its cargo into space. The milestone got plenty of news coverage at the time, but National Geographic TV has now released a video with a compelling... More »

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 Internet.org 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 »

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