SpaceX Returns

I’m in transit but thought I’d put up a quick post about Space X successfully launching a rocket, having it deploy satellites, then return to the Earth. You can see a truncated video below:

It looks like something out of a sci-fi movie.

This isn’t just cool; the economic potential is huge. This could cut the cost of putting things into orbit by tens of millions. In just my field, this could mean more space telescopes for the same funds. In other fields, you’re talking about affordable space tourism, cheap satellite, maybe even an economic way to clear out space debris.

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  1. InsipiD

    I’ve loved watching SpaceX develop their capabilities over the last 10 years or so.  It’s amazing what they’ve been able to do, and I’m really excited that there’s viable competition.  That said, I also would be in favor of huge increases to NASA’s budget, so long as none of it was spent uselessly on outreach to the Muslim world and went to actual space exploration.

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