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SpaceX Retrieves Piece of Debris a Farmer Discovered

It left a nearly 4-inch dent in the ground

(Newser) - A piece of burning rocket debris seen streaking across the Pacific Northwest sky last week crashed on a farm in eastern Washington state, authorities said. After the March 25 event, a farmer discovered a nearly intact piece of rocket in a private field, the Tri-City Herald reported. The approximately 5-foot...

'At Least the Crater Is in the Right Place' After Starship Test

Another prototype bites the dust

(Newser) - SpaceX chalked up another failed landing Tuesday for its futuristic, bullet-shaped Starship, as the prototype Mars rocket broke apart right before touchdown. A camera on the rocket froze not quite six minutes into the test flight, and dense fog in South Texas obscured views of the ruptured rocket. Other video...

Here Is the Crew of First Private Flight by SpaceX

Billionaire fills out his 4-person team

(Newser) - A billionaire’s private SpaceX flight filled its two remaining seats Tuesday with a scientist-teacher and a data engineer whose college friend actually won a spot but gave him the prize, per the AP . The new passengers: Sian Proctor, 51, a community college educator in Tempe, Arizona, and Chris Sembroski,...

Mysterious Object Over Seattle May Link Back to SpaceX

Company hasn't yet confirmed the 'dazzling,' meteor-like 'phantom' was one of its rockets

(Newser) - On Thursday evening, a "dazzling, splintering phantom" made its way across the sky in the Pacific Northwest, reaching from Portland to Seattle, reports the Washington Post . The sighting shocked, pleased, and confused viewers on the ground, who both marveled at the beauty of it but also expressed concern about...

Stripe's New Valuation: $95B
There's a New
Most Valuable Startup

There's a New Most Valuable Startup

Funding pushes Stripe past SpaceX and Instacart

(Newser) - Stripe's new round of funding has left SpaceX and Instacart in the dust. The payments processing company announced it had added $600 million on Sunday, for a valuation of $95 billion. That shoots Stripe past SpaceX, which is valued at $74 billion, and Instacart, which is pegged at $39...

Residents of 'Space Island' Tell Elon Musk to Stay Away

Biak Island elder says supporting Indonesian spaceport would mean 'sponsoring' genocide

(Newser) - Residents of a small island in Indonesia aren't too pleased to learn that their government has offered up their land to SpaceX boss Elon Musk. Indonesia President Joko Widodo has been encouraging Musk to build a rocket launch site in his country for months, per AFP . Biak's location,...

SpaceX Starship Lands, Then Explodes

The cause is not immediately known

(Newser) - SpaceX’s futuristic Starship looked like it aced a touchdown Wednesday, but then exploded on the landing pad with so much force that it was hurled into the air, the AP reports. The failure occurred just minutes after SpaceX declared success. The full-scale prototype soared more than 6 miles after...

Want to Go on SpaceX Flight to the Moon? He's Paying

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa launches contest for 8 to ride with him to lunar orbit in 2023

(Newser) - It's a Frank Sinatra song come to life, courtesy of a billionaire. In 2018, tycoon and art collector Yusaku Maezawa, founder of Japanese online fashion mall Zozotown, was announced as the first signed passenger aboard SpaceX's Starship rocket, set to fly to the moon sometime in 2023. At...

Child Cancer Survivor Will Be Youngest American in Space

Physician Hayley Arceneaux, 29, to orbit Earth in SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket later this year

(Newser) - Later this year, a big first in space travel is on the calendar: the first manned mission around Earth, courtesy of SpaceX, with not a single professional astronaut on board. The trip was made possible by billionaire Jared Isaacman, who the New York Times notes bought the Falcon 9 rocket...

SpaceX Rocket Crashes, Explodes on Landing

The second Starship test flight ended the same way the first did

(Newser) - SpaceX’s second full test flight of its futuristic, bullet-shaped Starship ended in another fiery crash landing Tuesday, the AP reports. Elon Musk’s company launched its latest Starship prototype from the southeastern tip of Texas, two months after the previous test ended in an equally explosive belly flop. (Video...

One Seat on SpaceX Civilian Mission Is Available

Billionaire Jared Isaacman of Shift4 Payments is funding 'Inspiration4,' raising money for St. Jude

(Newser) - SpaceX is launching its first-ever all-civilian flight, the company announced Monday, and there's a chance you could be on it. Jared Isaacman, the billionaire founder and CEO of payment processing company Shift4 Payments, is funding the mission dubbed "Inspiration4"—as well as commanding it; he's a...

Musk Decries 'MBA-ization' of Corporate America

SpaceX and Tesla CEO says today's leaders are too focused on numbers, not innovation

(Newser) - Academia is often accused of being plagued by professors in ivory towers. In corporate America, according to Elon Musk, the problem may be too many MBAs. That was his take at the Wall Street Journal CEO Council summit on Tuesday, where he railed against business school grads running things in...

SpaceX Starship Prototype Explodes on Landing

'But we got all the data we needed!'

(Newser) - Elon Musk is very pleased with how the latest SpaceX rocket prototype performed during the flight portion of a test flight in Texas Wednesday—but the landing portion shows there is plenty of room for improvement. The uncrewed 16-story SN8 prototype failed to slow down enough during its descent and...

SpaceX Sends Another Dragon to Space Station

Supplies include research materials and Christmas dinner

(Newser) - SpaceX launched a newer, bigger version of its Dragon supply ship to the International Space Station on Sunday, marking the first time the company has two capsules in orbit at the same time, the AP reports. The Dragon—packed with Christmas treats and presents—should reach the space station on...

SpaceX Capsule Reaches ISS
SpaceX Capsule Reaches ISS

SpaceX Capsule Reaches ISS

Historic first such 'taxi' ride is complete

(Newser) - SpaceX’s newly launched capsule with four astronauts arrived Monday at the International Space Station, their new home until spring. The Dragon capsule pulled up and docked late Monday night, following a 27-hour, completely automated flight from NASA's Kennedy Space Center, the AP reports. The linkup occurred 262 miles...

A Historic First for SpaceX, NASA
A Historic First
for SpaceX, NASA

A Historic First for SpaceX, NASA

Four astronauts are due to reach International Space Station Monday

(Newser) - SpaceX launched four astronauts to the International Space Station on Sunday on the first full-fledged taxi flight for NASA by a private company . The Falcon rocket thundered into the night from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral with three Americans and one Japanese national, the second crew to be launched...

With Blastoff, the End of an Era
With Blastoff,
the End of an Era

With Blastoff, the End of an Era

US astronauts no longer need Roscosmos to get to ISS

(Newser) - NASA astronaut Kate Rubins boarded a Russian Soyuz rocket for the fastest ever trip to the International Space Station on Wednesday, her 42nd birthday, which also marked what NBC News calls "the end of an era." It was the last time NASA paid for one of its astronauts...

Waiting for an Ocean Pickup, Astronauts Made 'Prank Calls'

Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken had a satellite phone after all

(Newser) - When astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday, they had time to burn before their pickup boat arrived. Luckily, they had a satellite phone. "Five hours ago we were in a spaceship bobbing around making prank satellite phone calls to whoever...

SpaceX Capsule Returns Home
SpaceX Capsule Hits Water

SpaceX Capsule Hits Water

NASA astronauts make first aquatic landing since 1975

(Newser) - Two NASA astronauts returned to Earth on Sunday in a dramatic, retro-style splashdown, their capsule parachuting into the Gulf of Mexico to close out an unprecedented test flight by Elon Musk's SpaceX company, the AP reports. It was the first splashdown by US astronauts in 45 years, with the...

Rare Splashdown Nears
Rare Splashdown Nears

Rare Splashdown Nears

Crew expects to bob in the water off Florida for a while before being picked up

(Newser) - Two US astronauts about to make the first splashdown return in 45 years said Friday they'll have seasick bags ready if needed. SpaceX and NASA plan to bring Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken back Sunday afternoon in the company's Dragon capsule, aiming for the Gulf of Mexico just...

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