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From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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SpaceX successfully launches another sixty Starlink satellites

Falcon 9 today, with booster on 7th flight

SpaceX this morning successfully launched another 60 Starlink satellites, bringing the total number in orbit to more than 1,500.

The first stage, on its seventh flight, successfully landed on the drone ship. During SpaceX’s live stream they noted that every launch by the company this year has used a previously flown first stage. Both fairings on this flight were also reused.

The leaders in the 2021 launch race:

10 SpaceX
7 China
5 Russia
2 Rocket Lab

The U.S. now leads China 14 to 7 in the national rankings.

I have embedded SpaceX’s live stream below the fold. Because of the clear weather this was a particularly beautiful launch. The video during the landing of the first stage was especially spectacular, with the camera on the booster showing the entire landing.


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  • Skunk Bucket

    Watching these launches hasn’t gotten old for me, though I suppose it might be considered a good thing if it did. I’m really looking forward to the day when Starship / Super Heavy launches become as routine as airline flights. Go Elon!

  • mkent

    A little premature. While it will probably be successful, the mission is not over yet. The satellites haven’t even deployed.

  • mkent

    OK. *Now* it’s a successful mission. Congratulations to SpaceX.

  • William Frumkin

    Ten launches in 3 months! All with reused first stages.
    And I think Elon has launched more satellites than any single country, ever.
    Starlink working great.

    I just hope he is not planning to broadcast the Sacred Cows song to mind control all of us/sarc

  • Doubting Thomas

    I think I shall never get tired of watching the Falcon 9 first stage landings on the barge or on a pad. Today’s landing was particularly fun to see the barge below the incoming first stage. They truly revolutionized the satellite / spacecraft launch business in a very short time on the aerospace scale.

    Rooting for Starship and Super Heavy future flights

  • Jeff Wright

    I wish Elon could go back in time a century with his tech. Imagine where we would be now!

    A passing thought: to counter LockMart, he should build a mag-ramp as large as possible like those called for HTOHL systems. He’d never use it himself-so as to stay true to VTOVL-but he could charge rent and demand free rides.

  • wayne

    –once they crash the 2nd stage into nacy pelosi’s well stocked refrigerator , then the mission is officially over.

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