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The Space / NASA thread
Howdy. Hope everybody's cool. Had some family stuff to deal with so haven't been posting. Anyway, if correct, his is exciting. First time water has been discovered on a planet outside the Solar system!
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2019...lien-life/
"I don't do tag-teams with blood relatives". Kenny Powers.
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Pretty cool:

https://www.wired.com/story/elon-musk-ju...al_twitter

Quote:Elon Musk was visibly excited as he took the stage on Saturday night at SpaceX’s facility in Boca Chica, Texas. Behind him stood the hull of a gleaming, bullet-shaped rocket clad in stainless steel. It looked like something pulled straight from the pages of a pulp science fiction novel, but this is no fantasy. It’s Starship: the upper stage of SpaceX’s next-generation rocket that Musk hopes will soon carry humans to the moon and eventually to Mars.

“Consciousness is a very rare and precious thing, and we should take whatever steps we can to preserve the light of consciousness,” Musk said. “I think we should do our very best to become a multiplanetary species and extend consciousness beyond Earth, and we should do it now.”

Eleven years ago to the day, SpaceX sent the first private liquid-fueled rocket to orbit. As a nod to the company’s progress, Musk placed a Falcon 1 rocket onstage next to Starship. In the decade since Falcon 1 achieved orbit, SpaceX has pioneered self-landing rockets, launched a sports car into space, and is on the cusp of sending NASA astronauts to the International Space Station. Each achievement brought Musk closer to his ultimate goal of placing humans on Mars. Now he finally has a rocket that can take him there—and back again.

“The critical breakthrough that's needed for us to become a spacefaring civilization is to make space travel like air travel,” Musk said. “A rapidly reusable rocket is basically the holy grail of space.”

The Starship prototype unveiled by Musk, known as Mark 1, is one of two identical rockets being assembled by SpaceX. The other rocket, Mark 2, is located at the SpaceX facility in Cape Canaveral, Florida, where the company does most of its launches. Musk said that the first flight of the Mark 1 Starship would occur in “one to two months.” It will launch from Texas on a suborbital trajectory that will reach a maximum altitude of 12 miles. Musk said that the first flight to orbit could be within 6 months of the first suborbital flight of Starship.
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