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SpaceX blames recent rocket explosion on helium tank breach

SpaceX blames recent rocket explosion on helium tank breach Several weeks ago, SpaceX suffered another blow to its efforts to make private spaceflight a viable business when a Falcon 9 rocket exploded on the launchpad during a pre-flight test.The explosion resulted in the loss of the rocket and the payload, a satellite that was to be used for Facebook’s internet.

SpaceX test-fires new Raptor rocket engine that could take humans to Mars

SpaceX test-fires new Raptor rocket engine that could take humans to Mars Elon Musk has just posted photos of SpaceX’s new Raptor engine undergoing its first successful test fire.The Raptor engine is intended to take humans to Mars.

Elon Musk lays out SpaceX’s incredible plan for colonizing Mars

Elon Musk lays out SpaceX’s incredible plan for colonizing Mars Before he got into talking about the Interplanetary Transport System, Musk explained why Mars would be the ideal target for human colonization efforts instead of the moon, for instance.By increasing the temperature of Mars, Musk says the atmosphere could be thickened and enriched with oxygen.

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.

This week in space: Boeing challenges Musk, Bezos to a ‘Mars-off’ while SpaceX investigates destroyed rocket

This week in space: Boeing challenges Musk, Bezos to a ‘Mars-off’ while SpaceX investigates destroyed rocket “Today, we’re likely going to lose the New Shepard booster,” Ariane Cornell had said on the Blue Origin webcast a bit before liftoff.” She explained that the whole rocket is bristling with accelerometers, which let investigators find out exactly where in the rocket the disturbance began.

Obama’s Mars shot: sending humans to the Red Planet by the 2030s

Obama’s Mars shot: sending humans to the Red Planet by the 2030s Kennedy’s words galvanized the nation and dropped a money bomb on NASA, which realized his vision in 1969.According to President Obama in his new op-ed for CNN, the next frontier is Mars, and we should make a concerted national effort to put men on Mars “by the 2030s.

SpaceX says recent rocket explosion the result of helium loading issue

SpaceX says recent rocket explosion the result of helium loading issue It has been almost two months since a SpaceX rocket exploded during launch preparation, taking a Facebook internet satellite along with it.The company has been hard at work to track down the cause of the failure, and SpaceX now says the explosion was caused by a helium loading issue.

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.

Stephen Hawking warns humanity may only have 1,000 years left

Stephen Hawking warns humanity may only have 1,000 years left Famed theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking has spent his life pondering big questions about the wider universe.In recent years, he’s turned his attention closer to home, talking about AI, climate change, alien invasion, and other threats to the future of humanity.

SpaceX loses major contract as launch schedule slips to 2017

SpaceX loses major contract as launch schedule slips to 2017 It has been just over three months since a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded on the launchpad, taking its Facebook satellite payload along with it.The Inmarsat S-band satellite was scheduled to go up on a Falcon 9 launched from Cape Canaveral early in 2017.

NASA, SpaceX, and Virgin Galactic dominate the news: this week in space

NASA, SpaceX, and Virgin Galactic dominate the news: this week in space His legacy as a combat pilot, spaceman, senator, and loving family man will succeed him, along with the John Glenn Research Center in Cleveland.Godspeed, John Glenn.

SpaceX delays launch of crewed Dragon capsule to 2018

SpaceX delays launch of crewed Dragon capsule to 2018 Now, the private space firm founded by Elon Musk says it has decided to push back the first crewed launch of its Dragon v2 capsule into 2018.The delay may be due to SpaceX’s plans to have crew already aboard the Dragon capsule when the launch vehicle is fueled.

The year in space: Supernovas, gravitational waves, theoretical planets, and Hammer pants

The year in space: Supernovas, gravitational waves, theoretical planets, and Hammer pants The Great Observatory is still going strong after its 2009 tuneup, and now the Space Telescope Science Institute has a little bit more scratch to keep the Hubble project running until 2021.This year, the International Space Station made its 100,000th orbit around our planet.

SpaceX announces cause of launchpad failure, plans for January 8 return to flight

SpaceX announces cause of launchpad failure, plans for January 8 return to flight The failure destroyed a Facebook internet satellite and called into question the design of SpaceX’s fuel tanks.This was the second tank failure leading to the loss of a Falcon 9, though this situation has proved to be much more complex.

SpaceX's breathtaking bullseye rocket landing in gifs

SpaceX's breathtaking bullseye rocket landing in gifs Elon Musk's SpaceX just proved that they're still one of the best in the rocket launching game.On Saturday, after a more than four month hiatus, SpaceX successfully launched its first Falcon 9 rocket since an explosion in September forced them to ground all flights.

SpaceX returns to flight in style, launching satellites and landing another rocket

SpaceX returns to flight in style, launching satellites and landing another rocket Elon Musk's private space company just successfully launched its Falcon 9 rocket to space following an explosion in Sept.The company returned to flight in style, too, by landing its seventh rocket stage back on Earth after delivering a payload to space.

SpaceX's Saturday rocket launch is a big freaking deal

SpaceX's Saturday rocket launch is a big freaking deal The Elon Musk-founded spaceflight company is planning to launch a clutch of communications satellites to orbit aboard a Falcon 9 rocket on Saturday.This is the company's first launch since a Falcon 9 blew up on its pad during what should have been a routine test five months ago.

6 upcoming space missions worth keeping an eye on

6 upcoming space missions worth keeping an eye on These are six of the most important upcoming missions that will get us there.We’ve been talking a lot about the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) lately — NASA has completed construction of the hardware, and is currently testing it on the ground.

SpaceX posts amazing photos of Falcon 9 landing

SpaceX posts amazing photos of Falcon 9 landing This was also the first time it has landed a first stage booster in the Pacific Ocean.There was a camera on the Falcon 9 that captured the entire landing, but as you might expect, the quality is a bit lacking.