SpaceX Makes It Into Space

Yesterday, SpaceX became the first private company to launch a rocket into orbit.

An Internet entrepreneur's latest effort to make space launch more affordable paid off Sunday when his commercial rocket, carrying a dummy payload, was lofted into orbit from the South Pacific.

It was the fourth attempt by Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, to launch its two-stage Falcon 1 rocket into orbit.

"Fourth time's a charm," said Elon Musk, the multimillionaire who started up SpaceX after making his fortune as the co-founder of PayPal Inc., the electronic payment system.


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If we can put a man on the moon, why can't we put a man on the moon?
We can, but we don't, mainly because it is stupidly expensive and will have very little financial return. Orbit is a lot more profitable, both for satellites and tourism.
. And there were those that thought exploring the New World was "stupidly expensive." Judging by your remark about launching GWBjr, I'm guessing you still do. ;)
I was speaking comparatively - businesses tend to go for options with more chance of profit. The Moon would be useful as a science base, but unlikely to generate actual cash profit for quite some time.
If it cost 3 billion per person round trip, a million per kilo for luggage, and 25 million a night for hotel fee, there are people who could and would pay it. I would personally pay 100 bucks for a piece of moon rock the size of a mustard seed.
Haha! My Dad owns one acre of the moon, he brought it for like $30. Unfortunately, we don't have any rocks from the moon...
___ Plasmana7 years ago
That would be sweet i wonder how much that would be worth if we do colonize the moon
considering its size it might be worth 100000%  its original cost
actually it probally would be worth more than that
How about if we just loan NASA 500 billion dollars to just build a bean stalk "space elevator " if thats not quite enough what about an extra 45 billion dollars .We just gave that much to some greedy self centered liars that are just going to waste it . At least a Bean Stalk would make space flight affordable .
Beanstalk? Whoa, flashback to seventies SciFi...
Hey man ,I'm clean no flashbacks for me . Honestly I was reading Sci Fi back then but the first time I'd heard the term was about 2 years ago .Frankly with a workable material for it a Beanstalk would be a hugely profitable venture .Because you use most of your energy to get to orbit .Then space travel gets reasonablely affordable . If you had a Beanstalk every country would have a space program and alot of companies .
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