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Watch a Soyuz Rocket Launch from Absurdly Close to the Launch Pad

I’ve attempted to watch rockets launch from Vandenburg Air Force Base a few times when I was in California, and the thing I remember most about it was just how far away the official viewing areas were. The rocket is a tiny spike in the distance, and it’s like that for many valid safety reasons. At the Baikonur…

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SpaceX Will Rename Big Falcon Rocket Project to ‘Starship’

Elon Musk has always treated the names for his impressive ventures a bit like a 14-year-old kid would. The lineup of Tesla’s cars was originally planned to spell SEXY (it’s closer to S3X at the moment, thanks to Ford), and the ambitious rocket system and associated human-carrying spacecraft SpaceX has been developing…

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China Has the Only Way to Get Humans to Space Right Now

Yesterday, the Soyuz rocket carrying an American astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut failed, forcing the crew capsule to make a dramatic ballistic descent back to Earth, just as the abort system is intended to do. The rocket failure means the Soyuz spacecraft and booster will be grounded until the problem is found,…

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SpaceX Reveals Its First Paying Customer For a Flight to the Moon

In a webcast news conference tonight, Elon Musk revealed that the first paying customer to fly on the ambitious SpaceX rocket known as the BFR, for Big Fucking Rocket, will be Yusaku Maezawa, a Japanese billionaire best known for founding the online, custom-sized clothing company Zozo. Along with Maezawa, there will…

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You’ll Never Be As Cool As the Astronauts Who Fixed Their Spaceship With Duct Tape and Epoxy

Everyone knows that there’s no problem that a good roll of duct tape can’t fix. Chances are, though, you probably weren’t imagining its practical application outside our own atmosphere.

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State Department Official Suspects Russia May Have an Unknown Space Weapon

In a speech given earlier today, the State Department’s assistant secretary of state for arms control, verification, and compliance, Yleem Poblete, mentioned that a Russian satellite made a series of maneuvers that are “inconsistent” with its expected behavior, and is behaving in a manner that suggests it could be…

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This Custom 1964 Corvette Going to Auction Would Look Much Better Going to Space

There’s a 1964 Chevrolet Corvette with “custom bodywork” listed on the Mecum Auctions website right now, scheduled to go to auction in a couple of days. But this listing isn’t really for a 1964 Corvette. It’s for a spaceship, ready to depart this world at any moment for an interstellar journey.

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The Three Things No One Ever Tells You About Teleportation

Even though the routine teleportation of humans and objects from one point in space to another is, at this point, entirely fictional, that doesn’t mean that people aren’t hiding things from you. Because, let’s face it, they are. I know most people are too chickenshit to take on Big Teleport, but I’m not, so get ready…

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Elon Musk’s Tweet About Rockets On A Car Is The Same Idea I Had Six Years Ago

Come on, Elon, try to keep up. I know you’re busy running all those companies and spending some quality Grimes-times, but if you took a minute or two to do a quick Google search, you’d have noticed that I wrote about incorporating small rockets into a car just like you proposed in your tweet. This was back in 2012! I…

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Moon-Walking Astronaut And Painter Alan Bean Dies At 86

There are few things more awe-inspiring than the moon landings of the 1960s, even to this day. Today, we’d like to celebrate the life of Alan Bean, the fourth person to walk on the moon, who has passed away peacefully in Houston on May 26, 2018.

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