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13 Stories in 2010 that defined space exploration

28 Dec 2010, 00:11 UTC
13 Stories in 2010 that defined space exploration
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2010 was a big year in space news. It was filled with promise, uncertainty, and ultimately bright hopes for the future. We tested amazing new technologies, made breathtaking discoveries, and passed major milestones. If the past year showed us anything, it’s that even though we might be moving in fits and starts, we’re still on the right track. These then are 13 stories that helped define the past year in space.
A New Era: Space X
Arguably the biggest space story of the last year, there aren’t enough superlatives to describe what Space X achieved in 2010. Elon Musk’s brainchild exceeded all expectations in launching not one, but two brand-new private rockets into orbit (not to mention a handful of cubesats and wheel of Le Brouère), and became the first commercial company in history to reenter a spacecraft from Earth orbit. The Falcon 9 and Dragon capsule tests came off essentially without a hitch, and now Space X plans to start supplying the ISS as early as next year and flying manned missions within the next 3 years. If the astounding early success of Space X is any measure, then the future of commercial space, and spacefaring as whole, is ...

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