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Elon Musk's ambitious vision for the future of Mars Colonization

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, speaking to a rapt audience at the 67th International Astronautical Congress today in Guadalajara, Mexico, finally told the world about his company's long-anticipated plans to colonize Mars.

SpaceX successfully test fires Raptor engine for Mars Mission

The first test-firing of the Raptor engine that will launch the company's interplanetary spaceship to Mars was a resounding success tweeted SpaceX CEO Elon Musk late last night.

Spacecom demands $50 million, free flight from SpaceX

Space Communication Ltd is reportedly seeking compensation from SpaceX over last week’s explosion that destroyed the Israeli company’s communications satellite.

Launch pad blast destroys SpaceX rocket, Facebook satellite

Miami - An unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded on the launch pad during a test in Florida, destroying a satellite that Facebook planned to use to beam high-speed internet to Africa.

SpaceX rocket explosion at Cape Canaveral days before launch

A rocket ship scheduled to launch on Saturday exploded at Cape Canaveral this morning. There are no reports of injury or death in the incident, which appears to have taken place during routine tests in preparation for take-off.

Launch pad blast destroys SpaceX rocket, Facebook satellite

Miami - An unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded on the launch pad during a test in Florida on Thursday, destroying a satellite that Facebook planned to use to beam high-speed internet to Africa.

SpaceX to launch used rocket booster into space for second time

SpaceX is set to usher in a new era in space later this year when it launches a used Falcon 9 rocket booster into space for a second time carrying the SES-10 commercial communications satellite.

SpaceX successfully launches satellite and lands Falcon 9 rocket

Cape Canaveral - They say "practice makes perfect." SpaceX successfully completed its primary mission of delivering a telecommunications satellite into space early this morning and landed the Falcon 9 booster rocket on its drone ship.

SpaceX prepares to test 'Raptor' rocket engine for Mars mission

The ever-optimistic CEO of SpaceX, Elon Musk, as if you didn't know, is inching ever-closer to realizing his dream of landing humans on Mars. Sources say the company's powerful Raptor engine has been moved to a facility in Texas for testing.

SpaceX crashed its rocket right into the drone ship

After three previous successes in landing a rocket booster on a drone ship, a leftover SpaceX rocket booster crash-landed while trying for a fourth successful attempt.

Musk explains his 'cargo route' to Mars

Washington - SpaceX chief Elon Musk shed light on his new plan to send an unmanned spaceship to Mars as early as 2018, as part of his quest to some day colonize the Red Planet.

'It's not a fake schedule' — Musk to launch crew to Mars by 2024

Rancho Palos Verdes - With NASA not planning on sending people to Mars until at least 2030, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk appears to be almost driven in his ambition to get humans to the red planet.

Who will get to Mars first? SpaceX plans on landing in 2018

SpaceX is shooting for a landing on Mars by 2018. This simple sentence was the gist of a statement made by the company's founder, Elon Musk via a Twitter post Wednesday.

SpaceX satellite launch succeeds, but rocket crash lands

Miami - SpaceX successfully launched a communications satellite to a distant orbit but failed, as expected, to land the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket on an ocean platform.

At last second, SpaceX delays satellite launch again

Miami - In the very last second before liftoff Sunday, SpaceX scrubbed the launch of its Falcon 9 rocket to send a communications satellite into orbit, marking the third delay since last week.

SpaceX rocket landing opens 'new door' to space travel

Miami - SpaceX successfully landed its powerful Falcon 9 rocket for the first time, a major milestone in the drive to cut costs and waste by making rockets as reusable as airplanes.

SpaceX counts down to first rocket launch since blast

Miami - SpaceX on Sunday counted down to its first rocket launch since an explosion after liftoff destroyed its unmanned Dragon cargo ship bound for the International Space Station six months ago.

SpaceX gets new NASA contract to supply space station

Hawthorne - NASA agreed Friday that a private California aerospace company could continue to build an experimental launch vehicle expected eventually to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station.

Russian cargo ship brings food to space station, finally

Korolyov - A successful liftoff for a Russian Soyuz rocket on Friday from Kazakhstan was recorded by NASA TV. The mission will deliver a cargo ship loaded with food, water and equipment to the International Space Station.

SpaceX, NASA react to rocket fail and will 'get back to flight'

SpaceX and NASA answered questions about Sunday morning's Falcon 9 rocket explosion, but offered few explanations about why it happened. This is the third consecutive failed cargo mission to the International Space Station.

SpaceX lauch ends in catastrophe: Elon Musk, NASA confirm

SpaceX's resupply mission scheduled for at 10:21 a.m. ET today has hit serious problems. The CRS-7 rocket appears to have broken apart upon launch. A news conference is expected no earlier than 12:30 p.m. ET.

GoPro provides beautiful shots of space as it falls to Earth

Never has a slow descent from orbit seemed so majestic, thanks to footage from a GoPro camera attached to a SpaceX rocket as it slowly falls back to Earth.

SpaceX poised to launch resurrected space weather satellite

Miami - A $340 million sun-observing spacecraft that was initially dreamed up by former US vice president Al Gore is finally poised to launch Sunday after being kept in storage by NASA for years.

SpaceX cargo ship reaches International Space Station

Miami - SpaceX's unmanned Dragon cargo ship arrived Monday at the International Space Station, carrying 2.6 tons of food and supplies for the astronauts at the orbiting research laboratory.

SpaceX fails in landmark bid to recycle a rocket

Miami - SpaceX said Saturday it failed in a landmark attempt to recycle its Falcon 9 rocket, after the equipment collided with an ocean platform and broke to pieces.

SpaceX launches cargo to ISS, rocket on recycle test

Miami - SpaceX on Saturday blasted off its Falcon 9 rocket on an historic recycling mission, after propelling the Dragon cargo ship toward the International Space Station.

Rocket glitch forces SpaceX to abort landmark launch

Miami - A last-minute glitch forced SpaceX to abort a landmark bid Tuesday to transform rocket science into a recyclable industry by landing the first stage of the Falcon 9 on an ocean platform.

Investigation opens into U.S. spaceship mishap

Wallops Island - NASA is warning coastal Virginia residents not to touch any debris they find from Tuesday night's explosion and crash of a rocket and supply capsule headed for the International Space Station.

Protest scuppers NASA's commercial spacecraft plans

Ambitious plans from NASA to work on two new commercial spacecraft could be scuppered, or face a long delay, after an eliminated contender lodges a formal complaint and protested about the contract award process.

Old and new aerospace firms win NASA contract for 'space taxi'

Cape Canaveral - Boeing and SpaceX have been chosen for nearly $7 billion in U.S. funding to develop a commercial space capsule to bring astronauts to the international space station.
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Dragon capsule heading for ISS.
Dragon capsule heading for ISS.
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Successful drone ship landing of Falcon 9 booster in April  2016.
Successful drone ship landing of Falcon 9 booster in April, 2016.
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A glimpse of footage of space from a GoPro camera
A glimpse of footage of space from a GoPro camera
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Dragon capsule approaching ISS
Dragon capsule approaching ISS
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The Falcon sits on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral  Florida. The Falcon launch vehicle family is de...
The Falcon sits on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral, Florida. The Falcon launch vehicle family is designed to provide breakthrough advances in reliability, cost, flight environment and time to launch.
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FRONTIER: SpaceX s Dragon space capsule approaches the International Space Station on a resupply mis...
FRONTIER: SpaceX's Dragon space capsule approaches the International Space Station on a resupply mission in 2012.
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Dragon capsule docking at ISS
Dragon capsule docking at ISS
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Elon Musk of SpaceX combines a string of amazing technologies - the Oculus Rift  Leap Motion 3D cont...
Elon Musk of SpaceX combines a string of amazing technologies - the Oculus Rift, Leap Motion 3D controllers, holograms - to invent a way to engineer a rocket engine without actually touching it.
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Dragon capsule on its way to the ISS.
Dragon capsule on its way to the ISS.
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A rendering of SpaceX s Red Dragon capsule on Mars.
A rendering of SpaceX's Red Dragon capsule on Mars.
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SpaceX s biggest hangar at Kennedy Space Center Space Launch Complex 39A  capable of holding up to 5...
SpaceX's biggest hangar at Kennedy Space Center Space Launch Complex 39A, capable of holding up to 5 rockets at once.
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Elon Musk of SpaceX combines a string of amazing technologies - the Oculus Rift  Leap Motion 3D cont...
Elon Musk of SpaceX combines a string of amazing technologies - the Oculus Rift, Leap Motion 3D controllers, holograms - to invent a way to engineer a rocket engine without actually touching it.
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US astronaut Randy Bresnik gets ready to enter a prototype CST-100 spacecraft built by the Boeing Co...
US astronaut Randy Bresnik gets ready to enter a prototype CST-100 spacecraft built by the Boeing Co. at its manufacturing facility in Houston last year.
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Artist s conception of a SpaceX spaceship landing on Mars.
Artist's conception of a SpaceX spaceship landing on Mars.
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Falcon 1  carrying the RazakSAT satellite  lifted off on July 13  2009 at 8:35 p.m. (PDT)
Falcon 1, carrying the RazakSAT satellite, lifted off on July 13, 2009 at 8:35 p.m. (PDT)
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The JCSAT-16 telecommunications satellite being readied for its trip into orbit.
The JCSAT-16 telecommunications satellite being readied for its trip into orbit.
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