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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket significantly more powerful than first thought

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket significantly more powerful than first thought For the last few years, SpaceX has made waves with its Falcon 9 rockets.Now, the company has found another gem, albeit inadvertently — its Falcon 9 rocket is capable of producing far more thrust than it was originally rated for.

Mach diamonds, Mars ambitions, and a shiny new telescope: this week in space

Mach diamonds, Mars ambitions, and a shiny new telescope: this week in space China fired up the largest radio telescope in the world earlier this week.Stress wrinkles in its surface, called scarps, show us where the planet’s surface is cracking and settling fastest.

NASA advisory committee raises concerns about SpaceX's fueling practices

NASA advisory committee raises concerns about SpaceX's fueling practices But there’s an advisory committee at NASA that thinks SpaceX has a whole different problem with their fuel handling procedures.To wit: SpaceX intends to fuel its rocket right before launch, with the crew already aboard, and the ISS advisory committee understandably isn’t crazy about that idea.

This week in space: Hubble's successor is complete, NASA tussles with SpaceX

This week in space: Hubble's successor is complete, NASA tussles with SpaceX The JWST is the successor to Hubble, and now that it’s done with construction, it’s supposed to launch in 2018.Another advisory committee at NASA has a bone to pick with SpaceX’s launch procedures, too.