NASA and SpaceX team up to stop an ASTEROID: Daring mission will prevent future cataclysm

NASA and SpaceX have joined efforts in a bid to derail a giant asteroid from its orbit, testing in the process NASA’s ability to save the Earth from …

NASA said in a statement: “NASA has selected SpaceX in Hawthorne, California, to provide launch services for the agency’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test mission, the first-ever mission to demonstrate the capability to deflect an asteroid by colliding a spacecraft with it at high speed – a technique known as a kinetic impactor.”

The target of NASA’s mission is the distant binary system of Didymos.

Didymos is composed of a larger asteroid, Didymos A, orbited by a smaller asteroid moon, Didymos B.

The larger of the two space rocks measures an impressive 2,624ft (800m) in diameter.

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Elon Musk Shows SpaceX Moon, Mars Missions Won’t Use Landing Platform For Rockets

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk recently showed new renders of what a possible Moon or Mars colony would look like once the private space company sets …

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk recently showed new renders of what a possible Moon or Mars colony would look like once the private space company sets up its base outside of Earth.

Based on an image which Musk shared via Twitter, one can see the Starhopper standing upright on an alien surface. The image was the SpaceX CEO’s response regarding a question about the future spacecraft.

What’s interesting about the picture is the fact that the Starhopper stands on the ground without any landing platform. According to a report, the photo reiterates the SpaceX spacecraft’s capability to land and relaunch from Earth towards celestial destinations and back again.

The photo also shows that the SpaceX’s groundbreaking space transpo would also have no problem landing on various surfaces, a plus considering the uneven and irregular terrain of both the Moon and Mars.

SpaceX is actively working on its stainless steel rocket called the Starhopper in its Boca Chica facility in Texas. The hopper was actually designed to make a series of vertical takeoffs and landings. This option would make it possible to conduct multiple launches to space, eventually cutting down on operational cost.

The Starhopper successfully “lift off” a few inches above the ground last month during a test using the SpaceX Raptor engine. The next part of the testing would involve “test hops” in higher altitudes.

Starship will eventually replace the Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets, which the company now use for various space missions. The company is also set to use the Crew Dragon capsule in hopes of bringing human passengers to space.

However, the private space firm is experiencing problems at the moment, particularly with its Crew Dragon capsule. Although it had a successful demo launch which brought the space capsule to the International Space Station, the next round of testing wasn’t as smooth.

The Crew Dragon recently exploded during the Dragon Super Draco Static Fire Test which space engineers are now calling an “anomaly.” There is still no clear cause for the explosion although this is something that Musk himself anticipated could happen during the static fire test. The test was done to ensure that the Crew Dragon’s thrusters would work should glitches happen during space flights.

SpaceX is expected to launch its Moon mission next year followed by a Mars exploration a few years after.


spacex rocketPictured: SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the company’s Crew Dragon spacecraft onboard takes off during the Demo-1 mission, at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on March 2, 2019.Photo: AFP/Getty Images/Jim Watson

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Elon Musk visions SpaceX Starship to launch on Mars and Moon

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk teases the starship offering his vision of the spacecraft on both the Moon and Mars. The billionaire took to social media …

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk teases the starship offering his vision of the spacecraft on both the Moon and Mars.

The billionaire took to social media platform Twitter to share graphical representations of the SpaceX Starship showing the shiny SpaceX sitting on the bare ground on the Moon and Mars.

Starships on Mars pic.twitter.com/AyKEO6ATiZ

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 29, 2019

Such a vision is quite similar to the less shiny renderings that came out a couple of years ago when Musk laid out the architecture for the Starship launch system which was then known as the BFR at the International Astronautical Congress in Australia.

Last December, Musk promised to provide a full technical presentation about the Starship program once the StarHopper starts flying. His release of updated renderings could be a signal that he’s gearing up for that presentation. The fact that today’s freshened-up renderings have numbers in the upper right corner suggests the slideshow is in the works.

Starship on the moon pic.twitter.com/UGjDG8ofID

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 29, 2019

SpaceX already plans to send Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa and 8-10 artists of his choice on the first Starship mission around the Moon that could be expected to happen as early as 2023. But will necessarily be preceded by at least one uncrewed demonstration of Starship’s performance in deep space.

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Elon Musk unveils STUNNING preview of SpaceX Starship and multiple Starships on Mars

SPACEX has just released a stunning preview of what its Starship will look like when it lands on the Moon and another of multiple Starships on Mars.

Mr Musk also tweeted an updated rendering of the shiny version of Starship near a human settlement on Mars.

Previous visions for Starship showed a design that looked more like a modernised space shuttle, the latest stainless steel version harks back to the golden age of science fiction.

SpaceX has long had its eyes on getting humans to the Red Planet.

The company has made provisional plans to make a beach-head on Mars in the 2020s, that will then expand into a future human colony.

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Elon Musk drops fresh vision of SpaceX Starship on the moon

Elon Musk drops fresh vision of SpaceX Starship on the moon … Founder Elon Musk gave us more eye candy on Monday by tweeting a rendering of …
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Looking shiny there, Starship.

Elon Musk/SpaceX

SpaceX likes to tease our imaginations by releasing renders of its future spaceships doing extraordinary things, like chilling on Mars or rocketing around the moon.

Founder Elon Musk gave us more eye candy on Monday by tweeting a rendering of the stainless-steel Starship parked on the moon.

Starship on the moon pic.twitter.com/UGjDG8ofID

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 29, 2019

The image shows Starship with a lunar hill rising behind it and the Earth glowing in the dark distance. Musk responded to a question asking if Starship will be able to safely land in an area that’s not perfectly flat, like the moon’s surface. He says it will.

SpaceX is currently planning to load Starship up with artists and send it on a trip around the moon in 2023, but there are no plans for that mission to actually land on the lunar surface. The spacecraft is still in the early stages of development. A prototype “hopper” took its first little test leaps in early April.

Musk also tweeted an updated rendering of the shiny version of Starship near a human settlement on Mars. Previous visions for Starship showed a design that looked more like a modernized space shuttle.

Starships on Mars pic.twitter.com/AyKEO6ATiZ

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 29, 2019

SpaceX has long had its eyes on getting humans to the Red Planet some day. Here’s hoping an eventual Mars city would actually look this cool.

The Mars and moon images have numbers up in the corner, with a “1” for Mars and a “4” for the moon. Perhaps they’re part of a presentation, which makes us wonder what happened to 2 and 3.

These pretty pictures are a long way off from the real thing, but they give space fans plenty to dream about when it comes to hope for an off-world future for humanity.

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