SpaceX Has Reached The ISS

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  1. Gahars
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    Gahars Bakayaro Banzai

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    First up, let's clear this out of the way: No, SpaceX is not the lame title of a Science Fiction b-movie (though now I'm sort of wishing it was).

    Instead, it's a private corporation focused on space transportation, and they currently in the midst of providing the International Space Station with cargo in the first (official, anyway) commercial resupply mission ever.

    So basically, it's a star ship enterprise (but not the Star Ship Enterprise, mind you).

    Well anyway, their rocket has just managed to reach the ISS.

    [​IMG] ZME Science


    The ship recently had engine trouble that some believed could have jeopardized the mission; thankfully, it looks like those fears have been put to rest.

    Various people have been eyeing commercial opportunities in space, but the process of actually getting there has been pretty slow so far. It's a serious investment, and with a lot of risk that can easily worry investors. With the success of this mission, we may see more and more companies begin to take the first steps towards this new, final frontier. Plus, considering how SpaceX is interested in the creation of a "permanent human presence" on the surface of Mars, we might just be one step closer to that, too.

    Oh, and before I forget, some of the astronauts on the mission provided commentary on the event.

    Hey, come on! Making the lame puns is my job.

    Jeez, you're really dragon me down here.
     
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  2. Hyro-Sama

    Hyro-Sama I'm from the fucking future.

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    I'd heard about this on The Colbert Report the other night. Mark Kelly was the guest.
     
  3. Gahars
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    Gahars Bakayaro Banzai

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    Sounds like Colbert beat me in the Space(X) Race.
     
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  4. TwinRetro

    TwinRetro Don't start nothin', Won't be nothin'

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    Cool. I'm against privatization of some things, but space travel is not one of them. I think space travel in the private sector could be something that would really boost the world economy.
     
  5. KingVamp

    KingVamp Great... AETHER!

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    Will I see people on Mars in my lifetime? Not that I want to go myself.
     
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  6. Gahars
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    Gahars Bakayaro Banzai

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    Well, Mars One is looking to get people on Mars by 2023, and I think NASA has it on the books to get people over by 2030.

    It's quite a bit away still, but right on the horizon.
     
  7. lostdwarf

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    Great news Gahars, thanks for the heads up.
     
  8. ProtoKun7

    ProtoKun7 GBAtemp Time Lord Regenerations: 3

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    Unfortunately, no one seems to have informed KingVamp that he dies in a car accident in 2017.

    ...oops.
     
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  9. KingVamp

    KingVamp Great... AETHER!

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    Not cool man, not cool. :sad: :cry:
     
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  10. lostdwarf

    lostdwarf GBAtemp Maniac

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    Yes you will see humans land on Mars in our lifetime.
    Next mission is a sample return landing and takeoff vehicle including a manned orbiter! 2030.
    Orion is being built specifically for this mission now.

    On to new horizons! Pluto in view in just 2 years!


     
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  11. Cyan

    Cyan GBATemp's lurking knight

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    NASA has videos of the SpaceX approaching and hatch opening.
    With current Crew members (Expedition 32&33)

    Since the first Dragon mission I'm interested with ISS and space programs.
    There's also the japanese anime keeping the interest by showing the ISS and Akihiko_Hoshide from the current crew regularly at the end of the episodes.



    Speaking of manned mission, NASA has a project for a manned mission on an asteroid near 2020 too.
     
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