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Default Elon Musk, co-founder of PayPal, launches 1st commercial rocket into orbit

Sun Sep 28, 7:56 PM ET

LOS ANGELES - 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.
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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.

The rocket carried a 364-pound dummy payload designed and built by SpaceX for the launch........................
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Very nice, another step forward.
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I like the European space commission.

NASA goes "There's no face on Mars. It was a trick of the light, weather baloon, etc whatever."

European Space Commission goes and finds yes there is.
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I read somewhere that the US spent tons and tons of money way back when space exploration started on a pen that could write upside down in space due to gravity issues, while the germans used a pencil.
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