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Op-Ed: Is Elon Musk's Mars colony viable? Yes, if seriously addressed

Sydney - Elon Musk has gone against prevailing wisdom with a statement that a working Mars colony with large numbers of colonists. The current thinking is that the technical difficulties have to be solved first. That thinking is also pretty turgid and negative.

Richard Branson announces new space venture

Richard Banson's claims about Virgin Galatic and space missions seem as far away as ever. This hasn't stopped the British billionaire from launching a new project.

The year in space — Headlines that made the news in 2016

From Space X successfully landing a rocket on a floating platform to NASA's Juno probe reaching Jupiter after a journey of 1.8 billion miles, 2016 has been a year of many accomplishments in the space industry. Let's look at a few of the stories.

Space X looking for two more landing sites on Space Coast

Even though Space X successfully launched its Dragon spacecraft and brought back its Falcon 9 first-stage booster rocket to a safe landing on Monday, Space X now wants two more landing sites so it can do three rocket landings simultaneously.

Space X launch and booster recovery — A booming success

Space X is on a roll with its launch of the Falcon 9 rocket early Monday, sending its robotic Dragon spacecraft speeding toward the International Space Station (ISS) with a critical space station docking port.

Space station 'same day delivery' service operational by 2016

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station will soon have their own same day delivery service, courtesy of the soon to be developed Terrestrial Return Vehicle.

SpaceX founder looking for 'colonists', must love space travel

Human colonies on planets other than Earth may not be nothing more than a science fiction movie plot, at least not if Elon Musk's plans to establish a 80,000 person Mars colony is successful.

Falcon 9's #1 engine failed during Sunday night's launch

Cape Canaveral - While most who watched a live feed of Sunday night’s American Falcon 9 launch didn’t notice, one of the space craft’s nine main engines seemed to blow up.

'Space X' the first commercial flight to space is almost here

If you didn't think it would be possible in your lifetime to take a ride through the universe, you might need to think this one over again: a private space flight is scheduled for early May.
 

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Looking north along Missile Row on Florida s Space Coast.
Looking north along Missile Row on Florida's Space Coast.
Cape Canaveral AFB
Looking north along Missile Row on Florida s Space Coast.
Looking north along Missile Row on Florida's Space Coast.
Cape Canaveral AFB
We have liftoff!
We have liftoff!
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Space X is requesting two additional landing sites for its Falcon Heavy.
Space X is requesting two additional landing sites for its Falcon Heavy.
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Comparison of launch vehicles and size of payload to low Earth orbit (LEO).
Comparison of launch vehicles and size of payload to low Earth orbit (LEO).
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A Falcon 9 rocket carrying a small science satellite for Canada is seen as it is launched from a new...
A Falcon 9 rocket carrying a small science satellite for Canada is seen as it is launched from a newly refurbished launch pad in Vandenberg Air Force Station
With permission by Reuters / Gene Blevins
Looking north along Missile Row on Florida s Space Coast.
Looking north along Missile Row on Florida's Space Coast.
Cape Canaveral AFB

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