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SpaceX’s debut astronaut launch is the biggest, most visible opening shot yet in NASA’s grand plan for commercializing Earth’s backyard. Amateur astronauts, private space stations, flying factories, out-of-this-world movie sets — this is the future the space agency is striving to shape as it eases out of low-Earth orbit and aims for the moon and Mars. The road to get there has never been so crowded, with Elon Musk’s SpaceX company leading the pack. A week ago, SpaceX became the first private company to send people into orbit, something accomplished by only three countries in nearly 60 years. The flight to the International Space Station returned astronaut launches to the U.S. after nine long years. “This is hopefully the first step on a journey toward a civilization on Mars,” an emotional Musk told journalists following liftoff.
Monday, June 8, 2020
Amateur astronauts, private space stations, flying factories, out-of-this-world movie sets — this is the future...
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