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SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy Rocket Launch Just Showed Us All the Future

Today, SpaceX made a successful test launch of their Falcon Heavy rocket, and it was a sight to behold. The rocket is the most powerful since the Saturn V that launched astronauts to the Moon (among other things) and will now be the most powerful rocket in modern use. On top of that, SpaceX is still landing rockets back on Earth after flight, giving us some of the most amazing space imagery we'll ever see, right here on the ground.

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Things We Saw Today: Lin-Manuel Miranda Gathers Jennifer Lopez, Rita Moreno, Gina Rodriguez and Others In a Song for Puerto Rico

Today's biggest news has basically been hot garbage. Thankfully (and pretty much as usual), Lin-Manuel Miranda is here to provide us with a little bit of hope through music.

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Adam Ruins Everything Reminds Us Why Trump Withdrawing From the Paris Agreement Hurts Climate Change Efforts

With the U.S. withdrawing from the Paris Agreement, Adam Conover reminds us why it was such an important first step against climate change.

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SpaceX Fully Reveals the Ship They’ll Use to Set up a Colony on Mars

Getting to Mars isn't terribly difficult, but scale is the problem. If we're going to set up a colony there, which is Elon Musk and SpaceX's goal, we're going to need to send a lot of people and very heavy equipment out into space, which means we're going to need a much more powerful spacecraft than anything ever launched before. That's going to take some doing, and Musk just revealed how they plan to make it happen.

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SpaceX Successfully Test-Fires Mars Transport Rocket Engine, Prepares to Lay out Colonization Plans

Getting to Mars is only part of the problem of putting humans on the Red Planet. We're already pretty good at that part, with plenty of robots roaming around up there right now. The tough part is putting a permanent presence in place so that it actually makes sense to go there, and Elon Musk's SpaceX is making progress towards overcoming that difficulty.

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SpaceX Is Ready to Test the Rocket Engine They’ll Use to Send Humans to Mars

Aside from the fact that Mars is a harsh, inhospitable environment that we'd have to drastically terraform—or pretty much just never go outside—to live in, the logistical implications of actually getting people there in the first place provide a pretty sizable obstacle. Luckily, SpaceX is about ready to blow that obstacle away with an impressively powerful rocket, and they're about ready to start testing it on their path to real missions to Mars.

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SpaceX Test Fire of a Recovered Falcon 9 Rocket Looks Good [Video]

By now, SpaceX has sent a few of its Falcon 9 rockets out of the Earth's atmosphere and then successfully landed them back on Earth—even when the degree of difficulty was incredibly high. Landing rockets is hard enough, but the entire point is to be able to use them again, which means they need to be thoroughly tested to avoid any mishaps. (SpaceX has had a few even with brand new rockets.)

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Boston Dynamics’ Housework-Ready Robot Looks More Like a Dinosaur Than a Butler

It might make butlers extinct, though.

Elon Musk may want to build a robot that'll do your housework for you, but Boston Dynamics appears to be ahead of him on that front. They just posted a video of their new SpotMini robot that shows how it can use its giraffe-like neck for a variety of tasks—and also for being incredibly creepy as it demonstrates its ability to keep its head eerily still while its body moves around.

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Tesla Model S Confirmed to Also Be a Boat, but It’s Not Recommended

When can we expect the auto jacks?

Tesla Motors' electric cars already sport some pretty impressive officially supported features, but sometimes, the most interesting uses of technology are kind of ... off-label. That's the case with recent confirmation that the Model S can, in fact, double as a boat under the right circumstances. It's not quite Speed Racer's submarine mode, but it'll do for now.

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SpaceX Just Crash-Landed a Falcon 9 Rocket Into Their Drone Ship

Well, you can't win 'em all. SpaceX has been celebrating a lot of successful test landings lately, but this morning, the streak ended when their Falcon 9 rocket did not operate according to plan.

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Elon Musk Has Private Meeting at the Pentagon, Trolls Everyone That It’s About Making Iron Man

Elon Musk is 100% aware of all the jokes everyone's been making that he's actually Iron Man, and he's also completely willing to play along. The multi-billionaire SpaceX and Tesla Motors CEO recently had a hush-hush meeting at the Pentagon—in that no one really knows what it was about—and was more than happy to provide fuel for rampant speculation.

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SpaceX’s Elon Musk Says They’ll Send Humans to Mars in 2024

Do you want to go? OK, now how about if you can't come back?

If the Martians are planning to make good on any War of the Worlds-type scenarios, they'd better do it soon. SpaceX's Elon Musk has already said they're going to send a test flight to Mars in 2018, and he's now mentioned that he's confident they can put human beings on Mars in 2024. Hey, at least we already know Mars' environment will kill us. That should give us a leg up on our invasion—in addition to the fact that no one lives on Mars.

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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Did Land, but It May Be Too Damaged to Fly Again

"This is the part where we blow up!" "Not today!"

SpaceX's second, most recent rocket landing was an impressive feat that even founder and CEO Elon Musk wasn't expecting, after the rocket propelled a communications satellite into geostationary orbit about 22,000 miles above the Earth. However, increased landing difficulty isn't the only problem with reaching the necessary speeds for that mission—damage to the rocket may prevent even a successful landing from being worth it.

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Watch the First Test of Hyperloop Transport Tech, Reaching 300mph in a Nevada Desert

Back in 2013, Musk posited that magnetic levitation technology could be used to make a high-speed train with the capacity to travel even faster than an airplane. Today, the world got a glimpse of what this technology looks like in action, thanks to the efforts of Hyperloop One.

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SpaceX Announces They’re Sending an Uncrewed Spacecraft to Mars in 2018

SpaceX's planned exploration of Mars will happen very soon. Is 2018 soon enough for you? In two years' time, the private space exploration company plans to put an uncrewed spacecraft called the "Red Dragon" to the Red Planet.

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Why It’s So Exciting That SpaceX Finally Landed a Rocket on a Drone Ship

"I'm a boat captain!"

On Friday, SpaceX made history (again) by landing one of its Falcon 9 rockets on a robotically controlled ship in the middle of the ocean. With the private spaceflight company, along with Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin, landing rockets previously, let's take a few minutes to remember what's so special about this one—aside from the sheer "because we can" of a robot ship playing catch with a space rocket.

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Tesla Motors Unveils Its $35,000 Model 3 Electric Car, Pre-Sells a Ton of Them

A very real "shut up and take my money" scenario.

Tesla's big on high performance electric cars, but they've generally been priced out of range of most of the population. The Model 3, unveiled last night, aims to change that, and despite its price being still a bit high, starting at $35,000, and its fall 2017 shipping window, they've already sold a whole lot of them.

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For the First Time, SpaceX Rocket Lands Back on Earth After Delivering Satellites to Space

Actual rocket science.

SpaceX has just taken another important step in the race for reusable space rockets. Last night, for the first time, a rocket delivered its payload to orbit and then made a landing back where it came from without falling into the ocean or exploding.

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Elon Musk Worried World War III Could Interfere With His Colonizing Mars

We make plenty of jokes about how Musk might sound like a bit of a supervillain, but he just might have a point on this one.

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Blue Origin Beats SpaceX to Rocket Landing, but SpaceX Is Aiming Higher


Elon Musk's SpaceX has made several attempts to shoot a rocket into space and land it back on Earth—or on a drone barge in the ocean, anyway. Now, Blue Origin, founded by Amazon's Jeff Bezos, has managed to actually do it, though there's an important difference in what the companies are trying to achieve.

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