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Private US firm aims for manned Mars landing in 10-20 years

NEW YORK (AFP) – Private US company SpaceX hopes to put an astronaut on Mars within 10 to 20 years, the head of the firm said. “We’ll probably put a first man in space in about three years,” Elon Musk told the Wall Street Journal Saturday. “We’re going all the…

NASA awards $270 million in spaceship contracts

WASHINGTON — NASA on Monday announced it has awarded nearly 270 million dollars to four companies, including Boeing and SpaceX, to help their pursuit of making a spacecraft to replace the US space shuttle. The Houston, Texas-based aviation giant Boeing received the biggest contract — $92.3 million — as part…

SpaceX unveils heavy launcher

WASHINGTON – SpaceX unveiled Tuesday what its chief executive Elon Musk has called the world’s most powerful rocket, the Falcon Heavy, which will have its first demonstration flight at the end of 2012. The launcher is designed to lift into orbit satellites or spacecraft weighing more than 53 metric tons,…

Private company launches test spacecraft for NASA

Company launches test spacecraft for NASA, attempting 1st commercial return from orbit A private company launched a spacecraft into orbit Wednesday in a bold demonstration test for NASA that could lead to the first commercial space station supply run next year and eventual astronaut rides. The Falcon 9 rocket, owned…

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