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Billionaire’s space race

Leaving planet earth in crisis is a terrible idea? | THE INDEPENDENT | The four minutes billionaires Sir Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos spent in a state of weightlessness on the edge of space recently were historic feats in the burgeoning space tourism business, but many critics say Branson, Bezos …

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Historic flights carry humans into space

Billionaires Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos enter space race | THE INDEPENDENT | The sky over the Spaceport America in Las Cruces, New Mexico, was afire with lightning on the night of July 10. The storm was sufficiently fierce to postpone Virgin Galactic’s planned rollout of its twin airships, mothership …

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SpaceX rocket explodes after landing in test flight

Los Angeles, U.S. | Xinhua | An unmanned SpaceX’s Starship prototype on Wednesday exploded on the ground shortly after landing in a test flight according to a SpaceX video online. After the flight, flames were seen to come out from the bottom of the Starship rocket Serial Number 10, or SN10, …

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US astronauts enter space station in milestone mission

Washington, United States | AFP | NASA astronauts entered the International Space Station on Sunday after a landmark 19-hour journey on the first crewed US spacecraft in nearly a decade, a triumph for SpaceX and private enterprise. The arrival completed the first leg of the trip, designed to test the capabilities …

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SpaceX sends men into space

It took 3 failed launches to achieve success | THE INDEPENDENT | Space Exploration Technologies Corp. – commonly known as SpaceX – is sending two astronauts into space. Despite not yet being 20 years old, the company has already developed a creation myth: on 28 September 2008, its first rocket …

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Moscow bemused at US space ‘hysteria’ as Musk taunts Russia

Moscow, Russia | AFP |  Moscow space officials on Sunday said they were puzzled by “hysteria” around the successful SpaceX flight as Elon Musk taunted Russia and US President Donald Trump vowed to beat it to Mars. On Saturday, SpaceX made history by becoming the world’s first commercial company to send …

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For Russia, SpaceX success is ‘wakeup call

Moscow, Russia | AFP |  Russia has lost its long-held monopoly as the only country able to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station following the flawless manned launch by US company SpaceX. The Russian space agency congratulated the United States and Elon Musk’s SpaceX on the first crewed flight ever …

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Trump’s incongruous day of astronauts and race riots

United States | AFP |  Donald Trump came to Florida on Saturday to witness the dawn of a new space age. But not everyone in America had their eyes to the sky. As Trump witnessed the successful launch of American astronauts into space from US soil for the first time in …

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NASA astronauts head for ISS on historic SpaceX flight

United States | AFP |  Two veteran NASA astronauts were headed for the International Space Station on Saturday after Elon Musk’s SpaceX became the first commercial company to launch a rocket carrying humans into orbit, ushering in a new era in space travel. SpaceX’s two-stage Falcon 9 rocket with astronauts Robert …

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What you need to know about SpaceX’s ‘Demo-2’ mission

United States | AFP |  SpaceX’s “Demo-2” mission from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida this weekend will be the first flight with astronauts aboard the Crew Dragon capsule built by entrepreneur Elon Musk’s commercial space company. SpaceX conducted a successful test flight of Crew Dragon to the International Space Station …

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