Pioneer cover

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 cargo Dragon to ISS

Capitalism in space: SpaceX tonight successfully launched a cargo Dragon freighter to ISS.

This is the third flight for this Dragon capsule. It was also the last flight of the company’s first generation Dragon capsules. The company also successfully landed the first stage, which was on its second flight. This was the fiftieth time they have successfully done this. I have embedded the launch video below the fold.

The leaders in the 2020 launch race:

4 China
4 SpaceX
2 Arianespace (Europe)
2 Russia

The U.S. now leads China 7 to 4 in the national rankings.

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  • sippin_bourbon

    Watching these things land never get old.

    It may in time.. But not yet.

  • Lee S

    It makes the hairs on my arms stand up … And puts a grin on my face every time…. It’s crazy but wonderful that my kids think this is the way to do space…. They think it’s stupid when rockets don’t come back and land…. Which is really how it should be… Go SpaceX!

  • Edward_2

    I don’t understand how “the U.S. now leads China 7 to 4 in the national rankings” when the Launch Table states that SpaceX has 4 launches to its credit. Where do an additional 3 come from?

    > The leaders in the 2020 launch race:

    > 4 China
    > 4 SpaceX
    > 2 Arianespace (Europe)
    > 2 Russia


  • Edward_2: I am only listing the leaders in the race. Earlier reports were more complete, but as the year progresses I don’t show them all. Gets too long.

    Do a search on Behind the Black for “launch race” and you will find the earlier reports that included the other U.S. companies that have completed launches.

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