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SpaceX's next Starship rocket may soar 15 kilometers high on Tuesday, but Elon Musk says there's a 2-in-3 chance the flight could fail

SpaceX's next Starship rocket may soar 15 kilometers high on Tuesday, but Elon Musk says there's a 2-in-3 chance the flight could fail

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.This week, SpaceX may take its big step forward yet in a quest to further revolutionize space travel.Company founder Elon Musk  on Monday night that a prototype of SpaceX's enormous Starship spacecraft — a fully reusable vehicle the company eventually wants to use to send humans to the and — could see its first high-altitude test as soon as Tuesday.The flight attempt to 15 kilometers (9.3 miles), follows a successful November 24 rocket-engine test firing of...

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December 7, 2020
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A Texas superintendent reveals how — and why — he got SpaceX to turn his rural school district into a Starlink satellite-internet laboratory

A Texas superintendent reveals how — and why — he got SpaceX to turn his rural school district into a Starlink satellite-internet laboratory

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.When it rolled out a big test of its Starlink satellite-internet project this summer, SpaceX decided to make Ector County Independent School District, a rural education system in western Texas, a vital experiment.Superintendent Scott Muri had been on the job less than a year when the coronavirus pandemic struck. Suddenly, all 34,000 students were out of school."We sent them off on spring break, and they never returned because of COVID-19," Muri told Business...

November 18, 2020
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SpaceX's Resilience spaceship autonomously docked to the space station with 4 astronauts inside, kicking off a historic mission for NASA

SpaceX's Resilience spaceship autonomously docked to the space station with 4 astronauts inside, kicking off a historic mission for NASA

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.On Monday night, four astronauts arrived at the International Space Station inside SpaceX's Crew Dragon spaceship, teeing up what could be a in orbit.The NASA-funded commercial mission, called Crew-1, marks the first "operational" human spaceflight by SpaceX, the rocket company Elon Musk founded in 2002. It follows the , SpaceX's first launch of people, which lifted off in May and returned to Earth in August.The — Victor Glover, Mike Hopkins, and Shannon...

November 17, 2020
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Astronauts explain why nobody has visited the moon in more than 45 years — and the reasons are depressing

Astronauts explain why nobody has visited the moon in more than 45 years — and the reasons are depressing

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Landing 12 people on the moon remains one of NASA's greatest achievements, if not the greatest.Astronauts collected rocks, took , performed , planted , and then came home. But those stays during the Apollo program didn't establish a lasting human presence on the moon.More than 45 years after the most recent crewed moon landing — Apollo 17 in December 1972 — there are plenty of reasons to return people to Earth's giant, dusty satellite and stay there.Vice...

July 19, 2019
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A car-size asteroid flew within 1,830 miles of Earth over the weekend — the closest pass ever — and we didn't see it coming

A car-size asteroid flew within 1,830 miles of Earth over the weekend — the closest pass ever — and we didn't see it coming

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.A car-size asteroid flew within about 1,830 miles (2,950 kilometers) of Earth on Sunday.That's a remarkably close shave — the closest ever recorded, in fact, according to asteroid trackers and a compiled by Sormano Astronomical Observatory in Italy. Because of its size, the space rock most likely wouldn't have posed any danger to people on the ground had it struck our planet. But the close call is worrisome nonetheless, since astronomers had no idea the...

August 17, 2020
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Trump falsely said NASA 'was closed and dead' before he was president and appeared to take credit for a private SpaceX launch

Trump falsely said NASA 'was closed and dead' before he was president and appeared to take credit for a private SpaceX launch

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.SpaceX on Tuesday night hundreds of feet into the air, hovered it across the beachside launch site, and then landed it on a concrete pad.The full-scale vehicle, called Starship SN5 (for serial number 5), looked more like a flying grain silo or beer can than an early version of a Mars-bound rocket. Still, the feat represents a key step toward SpaceX founder Elon Musk's dream of creating that can reach, return from, and help .In Wednesday rife with falsehoods,...

August 5, 2020
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SpaceX must pass a new environmental review before it can launch Starship-Super Heavy rockets from Texas, and it might add years to Elon Musk's Mars timeline

SpaceX must pass a new environmental review before it can launch Starship-Super Heavy rockets from Texas, and it might add years to Elon Musk's Mars timeline

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.SpaceX is zealously developing Starship-Super Heavy, a nearly that may redefine how humanity gets to space, and even .The design calls for a 16-story spaceship, called Starship, stacked atop a 22-story rocket booster, called Super Heavy. Both sections would be fully reusable, and as a result — if company founder Elon Musk is correct — reduce the cost of launching anything to space by about 1,000-fold.SpaceX is focusing its Starship development and factory...

July 21, 2020
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Hauntingly Beautiful Time-Lapse Video Shows Comet NEOWISE From Earth's Orbit

Hauntingly Beautiful Time-Lapse Video Shows Comet NEOWISE From Earth's Orbit

In the darkness of orbital night on July 5, a NASA astronaut floated up to a window on the International Space Station, gazed toward the limb of Earth, and patiently waited for a cosmic spectacle. As the space station careened over the Middle East, the recently discovered  and its twin glowing tails rose above the predawn horizon. Then – almost as quickly as the dust-and-gas-sputtering space rock appeared – it faded into the blinding glare of the sun."Right before the Sun came up, that comet became visible during that short period of time when it was still close to the Sun, but the Sun was...

July 16, 2020
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Code on SpaceX's Starlink website contains the first official photos of Elon Musk's 'UFO on a stick' — and key details about the satellite-internet project's test program

Code on SpaceX's Starlink website contains the first official photos of Elon Musk's 'UFO on a stick' — and key details about the satellite-internet project's test program

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Hidden in the code of a SpaceX website are the first official pictures of satellite dishes designed to connect subscribers to Starlink, a fleet of low-flying, .What's more, a review of the site's code by Business Insider and, as we later learned, those by members of the , turned up numerous credible details about how an might work.SpaceX's founder, Elon Musk, has described the satellite dishes — called user terminals — as looking like a "." Though the...

July 15, 2020
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Virgin Galactic is unveiling the cabin of its rocketship that will fly people to the edge of space, and you can watch a live virtual tour on YouTube

Virgin Galactic is unveiling the cabin of its rocketship that will fly people to the edge of space, and you can watch a live virtual tour on YouTube

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Sixteen years after Richard Branson founded Virgin Galactic, the company plans to unveil the interior design of its centerpiece suborbital rocket ship, SpaceShipTwo.The vehicle is designed to fly to supersonic speeds and pierce the unofficial boundary of space some 62 miles above Earth.At the pinnacle of such flights, six passengers — either a group of or — and two pilots would experience a few minutes of weightlessness before returning and landing at...

July 2, 2020
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