SpaceX Set to Launch the World’s First Reusable Booster
the Grasshopper, a test vehicle used by SpaceX SpaceX Set to Launch the World’s First Reusable Booster SpaceX’s reusable booster rocket, the first of its kind, could pave the way for radically cheaper access to space.
The Dragon capsule "Dragon is a partially reusable spacecraft developed by SpaceX, an American private space transportation company based in Hawthorne, California. Dragon is launched into space by the SpaceX Falcon 9 two-stage-to-orbit launch vehicle"
SpaceX's manned Dragon spacecraft could make a human colony on Mars possible as shown in this still image from a SpaceX video. The private spaceflight company has targeted manned Mars exploration as a long-range goal.
NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, also known as the Curiosity Mars rover, is a huge six-wheeled robot the size of a small car. The nuclear-powered rover won't land using rockets or airbags like past Mars missions. Instead, NASA has built a rocket-propelled sky crane that will hover over the Martian surface and lower the rover to the Red Planet's surface.
Since the 1960s, humans have invaded our neighboring planet Mars with swarms of spacecraft. Only about half of the attempts have been successful. - http://www.space.com/16575-mars-exploration-robot-red-planet-missions-infographic.html?cmpid=51463010184344
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