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California Republicans Try to Dump Space Tax

A bill has been introduced in the California legislature to dump the infamous “space tax” that extended the state’s revenue collection frontier to 62 miles above the Earth.

This artist's rendering made available by Elon Musk on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 shows SpaceX's new mega-rocket design on the Earth's moon. With the 350-foot-tall spacecraft, Musk announced that his private space company aims to launch two cargo missions to Mars in 2022. (SpaceX via AP)

SpaceX Explosion Threatens Private Takeover of Space

An explosion Thursday in Cape Canaveral during a routine static test-fire of the nine Merlin 1D engines that power the first stage of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket is the company’s second catastrophic failure in the last two years, and puts at risk the expected private sector takeover of space flight.

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NTSB Releases Report on Deadly Virgin Galactic SpaceShip Crash Over California

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has found that last year’s deadly Virgin Galactic SpaceShip Two crash over the Mojave Desert could have been avoided had the craft been equipped with a protective system to overcome the co-pilot’s mistake, according to its newly-released report.

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