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As a frustrated space colonist, I don’t usually find much in the news to cheer about. Watching the American manned space program wither over the past few decades has been depressing. However, discovering Elon Musk and his company SpaceX made me very happy.

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Elon Musk is a South African-born American entrepreneur who made a fortune on the internet; he’s a co-founder of PayPal. After selling PayPal to eBay, Elon single-handedly started his own space program, with the ultimate aim of “making life interplanetary.” Elon doesn’t just want to launch satellites. He wants to go to Mars.

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The goal of SpaceX is to provide affordable, reliable transport to Earth orbit and beyond. Since its inception in 2002, SpaceX has been quietly designing and building a fleet of Falcon launch vehicles and the Dragon spacecraft.

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