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SpaceX Launch

  1. SpaceX’s Latest Grasshopper Test Flight Shatters Its Own Record, Hovers in the Air to Johnny Cash

    SpaceX's Grasshopper is a great example of a simple idea with awesome execution. The Vertical Takeoff Vertical Landing (VTVL) craft goes up, and it goes down. That's about all it does, but when you consider the fact that it goes up over 800 feet in the air, hangs out for a little while, and then gently sets itself back down on the landing pad like nothing ever happened...well, we're pretty impressed, anyway.

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  2. SpaceX Launch Rescheduled, Watch It Here [Livestream]

    After a jarring last-second abortion on Saturday which was later blamed on a faulty engine valve, the SpaceX's rocket launch has been rescheduled to take place in the wee morning hours on Tuesday, May 22nd at 3:44 am Eastern Time. If you're interested enough to be awake at that time of day, you can watch the (hopefully successful already) launch on the livestream above. Until then, the feed will be playing various videos from NASA TV that you can check out. The upside is that those videos will definitely be happening. The downside? They don't necessarily include real-time footage of jets of flame. You'll have to wake up early to catch that.

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  3. 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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  4. Photos and Video from Today’s SpaceX Rocket Launch

    This morning, private space flight company SpaceX successfully launched one of its Falcon 9 rockets into orbit from Cape Canaveral. You may remember that back in June, SpaceX launched a Falcon 9; this launch is a bigger deal because today's rocket contained one of SpaceX's Dragon capsules, which the company plans to load with cargo and ultimately people in future missions. (Today's Dragon was unmanned.) Following the launch, the Dragon is planned to circle the planet twice, then drop off in the Pacific 90 minutes later. Below, photos grabbed from SpaceX's livecam feed during the launch:

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