SpaceX Executes Historic Reuse of 1st Stage Booster Rocket

History was made on Thursday, 3/30/17,  when billionaire/genius/entrepreneur Elon Musk and his company, SpaceX, successfully reused a first stage rocket booster that was part of a prior launch.

Up until this point, when rockets carried up satellites or other payloads into space, the stages of the rocket were deemed disposable as no one knew how to get them back undamaged. The problem with this was that the first stage of the rocket is also the most expensive component. It’s like having to throw away a jumbo jet airplane after just one use.

The technology of SpaceX changes that with the ability to reclaim and reuse the 1st stage. After several successful retrievals of 1st stage components guiding themselves back to a launch pad on Earth via AI/GPS, this was the first time one of them was actually reused on a new flight mission.

This is a game changer marking a significant reduction in space travel costs.

Article can be seen here: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/03/29/521941656/launch-land-launch-spacex-tries-reusing-its-rocket

 

Video of launch/ 1st stage return:

 

 

 

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“A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP” – Leonard Nimoy, February 23, 2015

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Star Trek Veterans React To Death Of Leonard Nimoy

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – The death of Leonard Nimoy, the beloved “Star Trek” star known for his pointy-ears and signature “live long and prosper” parting has set off a wave of grief for fans and veterans of the franchise.

Many of the show veterans are active on Twitter, and used the forum to say goodbye, including the man who was Spock’s commanding officer on the Enterprise.

And a fellow crew member with more than a million and a half twitter followers:

Also among those expressing his grief is the man who played Spock in the most recent Star Trek films:

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