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Neil deGrasse Tyson interviews Elon Musk

Neil deGrasse Tyson interviewed Elon Musk on Tyson’s podcast, StarTalk.  The interview covers a range of topics, and Tyson includes Bill Nye in a running commentary on the interview.  (Chuck Nice is also there to add his usual laughs.)  I … Continue reading

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SpaceX reveals the new crewed Dragon V2

Very cool.  SpaceX has been making a lot of news recently, announcing one breakthrough after another.  Their current unmanned Dragon capsule has made multiple successful supply runs to the ISS.  Now they’ve revealed a version that can transport humans. The most … Continue reading

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SpaceX Successfully Soft-Lands on Earth for First Time. Is Mars Next?

The other day, I noted that there wasn’t much information on what had happened with the SpaceX soft landing.  Now there is a bit more, and it sounds promising.  In addition to maybe saving 70% of launch costs, the technology … Continue reading

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Reusable rockets: Up and down and up again

A while back I highlighted SpaceX’s reusable first stage.  Last week, they launched with it with the plan to have it do a controlled descent into the waters off Cape Canaveral.  I haven’t been able to find detailed reports of … Continue reading

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SpaceX prepares to take the biggest step towards affordable space travel: Soft landing the Falcon 9 rocket

Recently, I’ve observed how the multistage rocket system probably isn’t going anywhere and that the best approach might be to embrace it and make it work as effectively as possible.  I’ve noted the appeal of VTOL (vertical take off and … Continue reading

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Ask Ethan #20: Is the Mars One crew doomed? – Starts With A Bang

What Mars One is counting on is that they can safely land a heavier payload than ever before, that they can do it more precisely than ever before (as in, within just a few hundred meters of previous successful landings), … Continue reading

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