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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk speaks at the International Astronautical Congress on September 29, 2017 in Adelaide, Australia.

Elon Musk usually reveals new details about SpaceX’s plan to colonize Mars at this annual conference. The next one is in 2 weeks, but Musk hasn&...

Elon Musk shared his plans to colonize Mars with his rocket company, SpaceX, at the 2016 and 2017 annual meetings of the International Astronautical Congress. However, organizers of the major spaceflight conference say they don't know if he'll show up this year.
SpaceX's rendering of a Big Falcon Rocket spaceship carrying a passenger around the moon.

‘Maybe we’ll both be on it’: Elon Musk said he’d consider flying around the moon in a giant SpaceX ship with a Japanese billio...

Elon Musk, founder of the rocket company SpaceX, has revealed that Yusaku Maezawa will likely be the world's first moon tourist. Maezawa, a Japanese billionaire and art collector, has asked Musk to join him and up to eight artists on the week-long lunar flight. Musk hasn't said no, but "maybe."

The first tourist to fly around the moon on SpaceX’s new rocket ship bought all the seats for artists — and Elon Musk said it restored his...

If Elon Musk's plans for SpaceX's next rocket ship are realized, a group of artists will get to experience an up-close view of the moon and see Earth from space, thanks to Japanese billionaire and art collector Yusaku Maezawa.
Yusaku Maezawa

Elon Musk just revealed who’s going to fly to the moon on SpaceX’s new rocket ship

Elon Musk and his rocket company, SpaceX, plan to launch a private passenger named Yusaku Maezawa around the moon. Maezawa purchased all the seats on the spaceship, and plans to select six to eight artists to take the lunar journey with him in 2023.
An illustration of NASA's Dawn spacecraft flying toward Ceres using its ion thrusters.

NASA’s only mission to the asteroid belt is dying after 11 years in space — but it might tee up a future discovery of alien life

In 2007, NASA launched an ion-propelled probe called Dawn toward the asteroid belt. It has visited a huge asteroid called Vesta and a Texas-sized dwarf planet called Ceres, which may hide a salty ocean (and possibly alien life). But the spacecraft is almost out of fuel and may die in September.
NASA's solar-powered Opportunity rover is trying to wait out a global dust storm on Mars.

NASA’s longest-lived robot on Mars may be dying. Here’s why there’s a good chance Opportunity won’t call home.

NASA's Opportunity rover began hibernating on June 10 to wait out a global dust storm on Mars, but the solar-powered robot has yet to phone home. NASA will give it 45 days to wake up — or end the 15-year mission.

A top SpaceX engineer has revealed new details — and questions — about the company’s plans to reach Mars in 6 years

Paul Wooster, the principal Mars development engineer at SpaceX, revealed new details about Elon Musk's plan to colonize the red planet — and what it isn't yet planning to work on.
The moon as seen by astronauts in space.

The moon has ice on its surface in hundreds of places — and it could be the ‘first step in building a space economy’

The moon's cold, dark craters near its north and south poles contain water ice directly at the surface, a new study confirms. If the deposits are large enough, people or robots could harvest the water, split it into hydrogen and oxygen, fuel up rockets, and launch a new era of space exploration.
A photo of Earth and the far side of the moon.

China says it will launch 2 robots to the far side of the moon in December on an unprecedented lunar exploration mission

China said on Wednesday that it plans to launch its Chang'e-4 mission to the far side of the moon in December. The mission's rover and lander aim to study the geology and chemistry of an ancient impact site and explore to possibility of building a sensitive deep-space radio telescope.
An illustration of "Sparrow," a 1,300-lb robotic lunar lander that could make Israel the fourth country ever to touch the moon's surface.

This ‘Sparrow’ lunar lander may soon make Israel the 4th country ever to land the moon

SpaceIL, a nonprofit company and former Google Lunar XPRIZE competitor, is closing in on a launch of its 1,300-lb lunar lander called "Sparrow." The group hopes to launch its robot atop one of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rockets in December, then drop the probe to the lunar surface in February 2019.