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The evolution of the race to the cosmos

Apr 6, 2018
Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos are two of the biggest names in tech. They're also headlining the modern day space race.
The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket sits on launch pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center as it is prepared for tomorrow's lift-off on February 5, 2018 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. 
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Billionaires will have to duke it out to dominate outer space

Apr 6, 2018
Private companies, not governments, are leading the quest to put people in space.
The SpaceX Falcon Heavy launches from Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, on Feb. 6, 2018, on its demonstration mission. 

Launching a satellite? Watch out for space junk

The amount of debris in space is complicating private satellite launches.
A SpaceX rocket awaits launch in 2017 in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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Weezer wants to be the first band on Mars

Oct 27, 2017
But in the meantime the rock band takes the Marketplace Quiz.
Rivers Cuomo (second from right) said the most surprising thing about being a musician is the amount of time spent in front of a computer.
Photo courtesy of Jeremy Cowart

SpaceX to make historic re-usable rocket launch

Mar 30, 2017
Elon Musk’s SpaceX plans to launch a commercial satellite into orbit today using a recycled rocket booster. It’s the first time SpaceX will attempt to use one of its re-landed rockets. And the Falcon 9 would be the first liquid-fueled rocket sent into space using this method.  Click the audio player above to hear the […]

Reaching Mars is a hard sell, but not impossible

Mar 13, 2017
The U.S. lacks a long-term plan for traveling to the red planet.
Space exploration comes with a huge price, but it also comes with the benefit of adding jobs, says science journalist Rebecca Boyle.
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President Donald Trump says he can cut regulations by 75 percent

Jan 23, 2017
A look at Donald Trump's first Monday as President of the United States.
U.S. President Donald Trump leads a meeting with invited business leaders, members of his staff and Vice President Mike Pence in the Roosevelt Room at the White House January 23, 2017 in Washington, DC. Business leaders included Elon Musk of SpaceX, Wendell Weeks of Corning, Mark Sutton of International Paper, Andrew Liveris of Dow Chemical, Alex Gorsky of Johnston & Johnson and others. 

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The next frontier for the Next Frontier

Oct 11, 2016
Getting humans to Mars will take both government and private sector.
This self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the vehicle at the "Mojave" site.
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Elon Musk told us about his Mars plan 5 years ago

Sep 27, 2016
He compared the transition to "multiplanetary species" to fundamental stages in evolution.
In this handout provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket makes a successful launch with the SES-9 communications satellite on March 4, 2016, in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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