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Is Elon Musk's Crazy Mars Plan Even Legal?

Earlier this week, Elon Musk revealed his plan to make humanity a multi-planetary species by building an express train to Mars. There are a lot of open questions about how this will work, technically speaking, and who will pay for it. But there’s another fundamental issue that must be addressed before anybody can reserve a seat on the first spaceship out: Is going to Mars even legal?


How Crazy Is Elon Musk's Mission To Mars?

Yesterday, billionaire tech entrepreneur and noted late guy Elon Musk unveiled his hotly-anticipated plan to send humans to liveand die — on Mars. And not just a few humans: A lot of them. In a talk that wavered between overreaching science fair presentation and straight-up science fiction, Musk described sending fleets of spacecraft, each packed hundreds of colonists, to live on a dusty, airless wasteland that we’re apparently going to fix up with nuclear reactors and artificial magnetic fields.


SpaceX Just Passed A Major Milestone On Its Mission To Mars

SpaceX has been talking up its Martian travel plans for a while now, but we still don’t know how it intends to get (or survive) there. As of yesterday, however, it’s cleared a major hurdle: The rocket engine it will use to get to the Red Planet just fired-up for the first time.


Watching A Rocket Plug Explode Is Very Satisfying

NASA fits foam plugs inside of booster rockets to protect the innards ahead of ignition. And boy, they sure do put on a show when they’re blown out with 4.1 million kilograms of thrust.


China Launched A Second Space Station Into Orbit Today

China’s second prototype space station, Tiangong-2, successfully launched into orbit today. The launch comes five years after China sent up its first space lab, Tiangong-1, and serves as a reminder to the West that China’s space-based capabilities are growing fast.


SpaceX Will Start Launching Rockets Again In November

Two weeks ago, a SpaceX rocket inexplicably burst into flames, taking its satellite payload up in smoke. Now the space company has given a date for when we can expect to see its rockets back in the air.


Blue Origin's New Reusable Rocket Is Absurdly Huge 

Blue Origin is adding a new re-usable rocket to its stable — and it’s a big one. Meet the New Glenn, a 7m diameter rocket booster with 1.75 million kilograms of thrust.


Elon Musk Is Having A Very Hard Time After Last Week's Explosion

The cause of the enormous blaze last week that destroyed a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket as well as Mark Zuckerberg’s $US95 ($124) million internet satellite remains unknown. And it could take SpaceX a long time to solve the mystery, judging from the way Elon Musk has been tweeting this morning.


Elon Musk's Bad Day Was Much Worse Than We Thought

Yesterday, Elon Musk’s Falcon 9 rocket exploded during a test fire. But that wasn’t all — by the time the day was over, Musk had also lost nearly $US780 million ($1.03 billion) and Mark Zuckerberg’s love.


SpaceX Is Finally Sending A Used Rocket Back Into Space

Having gotten pretty good at landing their rockets, SpaceX will now work towards the other half of its plan to build fully reusable rockets: Sending one of its used rocket back into space.


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