SpaceX CEO Elon Musk wants to colonize Mars and then move on to the planets. Yesterday (September 27), at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico, hosted by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), Musk announced his long-awaited space colonization plan in a special keynote – full of technical specifications of system components including the recently rested “Raptor” engine, and interrupted by frequent applause from the audience – titled “Making Humans a Multiplanetary Species.”
Private space travel is moving closer to reality, and an Israeli team has staked its claim in the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE competition.
SpaceIL, an Israel-based non-profit working to land a spacecraft on the moon, became the first team to produce a launch contract in the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE competition. XPRIZE announced SpaceIL’s verified contract at a press conference in Jerusalem attended by Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, and Bob Weiss, vice chairman and president of XPRIZE. The “ticket to the moon” also marks the world’s first private lunar mission and Israel’s first moon mission.
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Space flight is nothing like golf, but if it were, SpaceX’s recent headlines would look like a pro who’d fallen off. An expensive mistake left the International Space Station without a needed shipment of supplies and parts. The unmanned rocket broke apart shortly after liftoff about 27 miles in the air.
A little over 5,000 pounds of gear were on board the rocket, which included a new water filtration system. The current system is near the end of its life cycle, but the space station has enough water stored on board to last until October.
Astronaut Scott Kelly was alert, on the space station, during the launch, watching. “Space is hard,” he said [...]
Google is close to investing in rocket maker SpaceX, according to several people familiar with the talks, creating a formidable alliance in Silicon Valley’s accelerating Internet space race, The Information reports. The purpose of a deal, which is still in the works, is to support the development of SpaceX satellites that could beam low-cost Internet around the globe to billions who don’t have it.