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  1. Get a Look at SpaceX’s New Dragon V2 and Its 3D Printed, Land-Anywhere Engine Technology

    This looks a lot safer than other space travel methods suggested over the last few weeks...

    Looks like we won't be needing that space trampoline after all, Dmitry Rogozin. SpaceX unveiled their first Dragon spacecraft designed to take a crew of astronauts to the ISS last night, and it's an improvement in every way over current methods of putting humans in orbit.

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  2. Watch Live as SpaceX Unveils Their First Crewed Dragon Spacecraft Tonight at 10PM ET!

    Wow, they built that space trampoline fast.

    With Congress concerned that U.S.-Russian relations may impact our ability to run or even get to the International Space Station, SpaceX is stepping up with their first crewed Dragon spacecraft. The Dragon has already brought equipment to the ISS, so watch the live unveiling of the ship that will ferry astronauts to the station.

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  3. NASA Will Send Robonaut’s Doc Ock Legs to the ISS Today With SpaceX, and You Can Watch With Us

    Let's build a robot Doctor Octopus and put him in charge of a space station. What could go wrong?

    NASA's Robonaut 2 has been patiently awaiting the arrival of his robotic Doc Ock legs as he sits completely immobile on a support post. Today, his lower half is launching to the ISS aboard the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft at 4:58PM ET, and then he'll be able to move freely about the space station and free up human astronauts for more complex tasks.

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  4. After Some Trouble, SpaceX Dragon Capsule Docks Successfully With ISS

    Just minutes after its Friday morning launch, the SpaceX Dragon craft ran into some trouble. Shortly after separation from the Falcon 9 rocket, three out of four of the Dragon's thruster pods failed. Engineers on the ground worked quickly to fix the situation, and this morning the Dragon capsule is safely docked with the International Space Station. So what went wrong?

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  5. Watch SpaceX’s Dragon Launch Live Stream Right Here

    Tomorrow's looking like a perfect day for a rocket launch in Cape Canaveral, Florida. SpaceX's second NASA-commissioned flight to the International Space Station is scheduled to take off in the morning. The mission will deliver a Dragon spacecraft with 1,200 lbs of supplies to the ISS, and will return to Earth loaded up with 2,300 lbs of things taken from the space station. We're looking forward to seeing the launch, and you can watch it right here.

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  6. Bad News, Everyone — North Korean Unicorn Is Actually Just A Stupid Kirin

    Earlier this week, we brought you the profoundly heartening, life-affirming and 100% real, true news that North Korean archaeologists had discovered the ancient lair of a unicorn near Pyongyang. Today, though, it is with some regret that we have to correct that story. It turns out that the story of the unicorn lair suffered in translation, and what was discovered was nothing more than a simple, everyday lair of a kirin -- a dragon-like creature with a hooves like a cow and a unicorn-like horn. We are deeply sorry to bring you this news, which confirms once and for all that there is no light in the world and everything will be terrible forever.

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  7. Baby Fighting A Dragon Ends Better For The Baby Than You Might Expect

    The above video aside, we here at Geekosystem want to register our strong disapproval of teaching dangerous martial arts techniques to small children. Ignoring for a moment the obvious dangers inherent in a child being able to beat up its own teachers, babysitters, and parents, the training necessary to master these skills is more than any small child should have to bear. Unless dragons are a problem in your neighborhood. At that point it's just responsible parenting.

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  8. SpaceX Launch Has Engine Explode During Ascent, Proves Importance of Redundancy

    For those not aware, SpaceX had a mostly smooth launch of their Falcon 9 rocket yesterday. The Dragon capsule is on its way to the International Space Station. We say "mostly smooth" because, as it turns out, the Falcon 9 actually lost an engine as it was climbing toward orbit. Engine 1, seen in the upper right corner in the image above, disappeared in a fiery explosion before bits of debris could be seen falling away. Always a confidence booster to see one of our only ways to space blow up on video.

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  9. Dragon Splashes Down Safely in Pacific Ocean Ending Historic Mission

    At 11:42 AM EDT today,  SpaceX's commercial spaceship Dragon splashed down in the Pacific ocean 500 miles off the coast of southern California. It's safe arrival puts an end to the historic mission that saw the first commercial company fly to and berth with the International Space Station, perhaps beginning what some are calling a new era in American spaceflight.

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  10. Amazing Photos of the SpaceX Dragon Docking With the Space Station

    The hatch has been opened and history made as SpaceX's Dragon became the first commercial spacecraft to dock and resupply the International Space Station. During this historic mission, Dutch astronaut André Kuipers took some spectacular images from last week's approach and berthing maneuvers several hundred miles above the surface of the Earth. See his amazing pictures, after the break.

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  11. Watch as the SpaceX Dragon Docks With the International Space Station

    Yesterday it was only a tiny dot in the distance, but now SpaceX's Dragon has moved inside the 200 meter wide "keep out sphere" around the International Space Station and is preparing to make history. In just a short while, it's expected to move closer to the ISS, be plucked by the Canada arm, and become the first commercial spacecraft to berth with the station. Watch the livestream, right here.

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  12. SpaceX Dragon Successfully Completes Space Station Maneuvers, On Course for Docking Tomorrow

    In the wee hours of the morning, SpaceX's commercial Dragon spacecraft approached the International Space Station for a series of maneuvering and communication tests. The goal was to see how the spacecraft would perform in relatively close proximity to the space station. NASA is now saying that the Dragon has passed with flying colors, and the mission is good to continue.

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  13. Second Time’s the Charm: SpaceX Launches to International Space Station

    Commercial space company SpaceX has had a long road to this morning's launch to the International Space Station. The mission, originally planned months ago, has seen repeated delays and a frustrating automatic abort earlier this week. Today's launch seemed to make up for all of that, when the Falcon 9 rocket lifted flawlessly off the launchpad, carrying the Dragon spacecraft into orbit. 

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  14. Aborted SpaceX Launch Traced to Faulty Engine Valve [Updated]

    If you were amongst those that got up very, very early on Saturday to watch SpaceX's historic mission to the International Space Station, you were probably disappointed when the countdown hit zero but the rocket didn't go anywhere. Now, it seems that the issue at the heart of the aborted launch has been traced to faulty check valve. Crews are already working to fix the problem, but the question is if it can be done in time.

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  15. SpaceX Mission to International Space Station Aborted at 0.5 Seconds Over Engine Trouble [Updated]

    This post has been updated with information from a 6:30 AM NASA press conference. Today's 4:55 AM EDT launch of SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft atop their Falcon 9 rocket was scrubbed with only 0.5 seconds left on the countdown clock when the vehicle's onboard computer detected that something was amiss. Though all nine engines on the rocket had ignited and flames has started to billow outward, the Falcon 9 stayed on the pad.

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  16. SpaceX on Track for Space Station Mission Tomorrow

    It's been nearly a year in the making, but SpaceX's historic mission to the International Space Station is on track to begin tomorrow with the blast off of its Dragon spacecraft. The unmanned mission will be a historic first for the company, and will no doubt become a touchstone as we enter the age of commercial space flight. Also, there will be an awesome rocket launch.

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  17. How the United States Will Return to Space

    On July 21, the Space Shuttle Atlantis landed for the last time, ending three decades of missions in space. With the conclusion of the Shuttle program, the quest to restore the United States' ability to send astronauts beyond the Earth became far more urgent. Though NASA has been working on a new vehicle since 2004, it also began supporting a number of home-grown commercial space operations. As part of the Commercial Crew Development initiative, four companies have started work on spacecraft that will eventually carry astronauts to the International Space Station -- and perhaps beyond.

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  18. This is What the Inside of SpaceX’s Manned Dragon Spacecraft Might Look Like

    While commercial spaceflight company SpaceX prepares for its long awaited first unmanned flight to the International Space Station, their engineers are hard at work to create a crewed version of the Dragon capsule. Until now, there hasn't been much to go on except the volume specifications and the number of people slated to fly aboard. However, SpaceX recently completed its first NASA Crew Trial of a prototype manned capsule, giving us our first look inside the spacecraft.

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  19. Space Station Bound Dragon Assembly is Complete, Now it Just Needs a Launch Date

    SpaceX announced yesterday through their Twitter account that the privately held space launch company had completed assembly of the rocket they plan to send to the International Space Station later this year. The Falcon 9 rocket has been topped with the company's Dragon spacecraft, and was assembled in the SpaceX facility at Cape Canaveral. Though originally slated for this month, the historic mission to the ISS has been delayed several times with a launch optimistically expected no earlier than March 20th. Personally, I can't wait for this dragon to fly.

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  20. Hand Crocheted Skyrim Dog Costumes Are a Fantastic Idea

    Halloween may be months away, but it's never too early to start dressing up your dogs. Take this handsome pair, for instance, dressed like a Dragonborn and a dragon from fantasy video game Skyrim. A hand crocheted labor of love, the outfit includes a helmet, sword, shield, and bracers. Also, that's a dachshund dressed as a dragon. What more could you possibly want? See more pictures of this pair, and their costumes, after the break.

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