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And They're Off: SpaceX Launch Makes History

Inspiration4 mission sends 4 space tourists into orbit

(Newser) - SpaceX’s first private flight blasted off Wednesday night with two contest winners, a health care worker, and their rich sponsor, the most ambitious leap yet in space tourism. It was the first time a rocket streaked toward orbit with an all-amateur crew—no professional astronauts. The Dragon capsule’s...

4 Space Tourists Will Orbit Earth for 3 Days
It's a 'Major Milestone
in Human Spaceflight'
THE RUNDOWN

It's a 'Major Milestone in Human Spaceflight'

4 tourists, expected to launch Wednesday, will orbit Earth for 3 days

(Newser) - Another billionaire is headed to space, this time with an all-civilian crew, in what CNN reports is the "first orbital mission in the history of spaceflight to be staffed entirely by tourists or otherwise non-astronauts." A retrofitted SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule dubbed Resilience will spend three days orbiting...

Bezos to NASA: Let&#39;s Make a Deal on the Moon
Jeff Bezos
Makes NASA
a $2B Offer

Jeff Bezos Makes NASA a $2B Offer

Ex-Amazon CEO wants to again compete in moon race against SpaceX

(Newser) - If Elon Musk thought he had the sole lock on building NASA's next lunar landing vehicle, there may be a new wrench in the works. In April, the space agency announced it was offering Musk's SpaceX a $2.9 billion contract to build the spacecraft that will take...

Aircraft Entered 'Keep Out Zone,' and Musk Is Pissed

Says space regulations aren't keeping up with the times

(Newser) - A Tuesday SpaceX launched ended up being scrubbed 11 seconds prior to liftoff due to a wayward helicopter, and Elon Musk is displeased. "An aircraft entered the 'keep out zone', which is unreasonably gigantic," he tweeted after the snafu. "There is simply no way that humanity...

Space Station to Receive a Whole Lot of Squid

Astronauts hope to learn survival tactics from 128 baby squid, 5K tardigrades

(Newser) - A cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station, scheduled for Thursday, will see astronauts enjoy apples, avocado, and other fresh food—not including the 128 baby squid along for the ride on SpaceX's Dragon, launched by the Falcon 9 rocket . These glow-in-the-dark baby bobtail squid will become part...

String of Lights Across the Sky Prompts Calls

Low-flying SpaceX satellites obscure the view for professionals and amateurs

(Newser) - A string of lights that lobbed across the night sky in parts of the US on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday had some people wondering if a fleet of UFOs was coming, but it had others—mostly amateur stargazers and professional astronomers—lamenting the industrialization of space. The train of lights...

Starship Prototype Lands, Doesn't Explode

It was fifth time's the charm for SpaceX

(Newser) - SpaceX's policy of testing prototypes until they fail appears to have paid off: A Starship prototype took off from SpaceX's Texas test site Thursday, and unlike its four predecessors, it aced the landing as well as the flight, Space.com reports. Other recent unmanned test flights exploded on...

SpaceX Crew Makes Safe, Rare Splashdown

4 astronauts are back after record-setting stay at International Space Station

(Newser) - A four-member SpaceX crew returning from the International Space Station made a piloted landing in the Gulf of Mexico early Sunday, the first such nighttime landing in almost 54 years. After the gentle water landing just before 3am, aided by four parachutes, the Resilience capsule was lifted onto a recovery...

Elon Musk Adding Something Unexpected to Resume

Billionaire will host SNL

(Newser) - Elon Musk is again doing something unlikely for one of the world's richest people : hosting Saturday Night Live. As the AP notes, it's not a typical choice for the sketch comedy show, either. But the timing may be just right for the self-anointed "Technoking" of Tesla, whose...

ISS Now Has Highest Population in a Decade

SpaceX arrival brings number of astronauts to 11

(Newser) - The International Space Station's population swelled to 11 on Saturday with the jubilant arrival of SpaceX's third crew capsule in less than a year. It's the biggest crowd up there in more than a decade. All of the astronauts—representing the US, Russia, Japan, and France—managed...

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&#39;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...

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