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First commercial space taxi a pit stop on Musk s Mars quest

It all started with the dream of growing a rose on Mars. That vision, Elon Musk s vision, morphed into a shake-up of the old space industry, and a fleet of new private rockets. Now, those rockets will launch NASA astronauts from Florida to the International Space Station -- the first time a for-profit company will carry astronauts into the cosmos. It s a milestone in the effort to commercialize space. But for Musk s company, SpaceX, it s also the latest milestone in a wild ride that began with epic failures and the threat of bankruptcy. If the company s eccentric founder and CEO has his way, this is just the beginning: He s planning to build a city on the red planet, and live there. What I really want to achieve here is to make Mars seem possible, make it seem as though it s something that we can do in our lifetimes and that you can go, Musk told a cheering congress of space professionals in Mexico in 2016. Musk is a revolutionary change in the space world, says Harvard University ...

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