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2012-05-23 13:24:26

NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., completed wind tunnel testing for Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) of Hawthorn, Calif., to provide Falcon 9 first stage re-entry data for the company's advanced reusable launch vehicle system. Under a Reimbursable Space Act Agreement, Marshall conducted 176 runs in the wind tunnel test facility on the Falcon 9 first stage to provide SpaceX with test data that will be used to develop a re-entry database for the recovery of the...

2012-05-22 07:36:09

The SpaceX Dragon capsule, which on Tuesday became the first commercially developed and built spacecraft to launch to the International Space Station, is carrying among its cargo a suite of 15 science experiments designed by students. Known collectively as Aquarius, the experiments will assess the effects of microgravity on physical, chemical and biological systems. The students have been immersed in every facet of research, from definition of the investigation to experiment design,...

SpaceX Finally Finds Success With Tuesday's Launch
2012-05-22 03:06:18

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com [ Watch the Video ] It was a moment of triumph for everyone watching as the Falcon 9 rocket lit up the night sky, like a roaring fire racing out of Satan's corridor trying to catch a closing window into the heavens, bridging commercialized space industry with the Godfather of space flight. The Dragon capsule began its journey towards the International Space Station at 3:44am Eastern Tuesday morning, lifting off from Cape Canaveral after having been...

Take Four: SpaceX Going For Gold On Tuesday
2012-05-21 03:53:55

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com SpaceX will again attempt to start a new chapter in the space industry on Tuesday, May 22 as its tries to launch its Dragon Capsule into the abyss for the fourth time. The company is trying to make history by becoming the first private space firm to dock with the International Space Station. The Dragon capsule, which will be launched on top of a Falcon 9 rocket, will bring supplies to the astronauts aboard the space station, as well as some science...

SpaceX Aborts Historic Launch, Delayed Yet Again
2012-05-19 03:27:18

As everyone gathered across the bay from the SpaceX Dragon capsule, a sense of excitement changed quickly to disappointment throughout the crowd as the highly anticipated launch was aborted with less than a second left (T-.5 seconds to be exact) before liftoff. SpaceX has been trying to blast its Dragon capsule aboard its Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center since April 30. The rocket was finally on the pad, and everything was "Go" for launch, until SpaceX team members put the...

SpaceX Launch Closing In, Pending Good Weather
2012-05-18 06:31:56

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com In less than 24 hours, America will take a new leap into both the commercial industry and space as the SpaceX Dragon Capsule will launch towards the International Space Station. A year ago, Cape Canaveral would be seeing a space shuttle blast off on a mission to the orbiting laboratory.  However, that throne is now set to be taken over by private companies, rather than NASA. The test flight will see SpaceX shipping off its first supply capsule to the...

2012-05-17 08:50:41

The second SpaceX demonstration launch for NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) is scheduled for liftoff on Saturday, May 19. The launch of the Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon capsule will occur from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. There is a single instantaneous launch opportunity at 4:55 a.m. EDT. NASA Television launch commentary from Cape Canaveral begins at 3:30 a.m. During the flight, SpaceX's Dragon capsule will...

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Elon Musk
2013-08-05 10:31:59

Elon Musk was born on June 28, 1971. He is a South African-American inventor and entrepreneur. He is the founder of SpaceX and Co-founder of Tesla Motors and PayPal. He is also chairman of SolarCity. Musk attended Bryanston High School in South Africa, but graduated from Pretoria Boys High School. In the early 90s, Musk was educated at Queen's University in Kingston Ontario Canada and left Canada around 1992 to pursue Business and Physics at the University of Pennsylvania, where he...

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  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'karpos', fruit.