A man and his dream

A man and his dream

While having been strongly criticized in regards to the decisions that he took while developing his company, Elon Musk can be considered as successful as possible at present: the achievements he has had with SpaceX are not to be compared to anything else. Therefore, it might only be normal that we start imagining how our life on Mars would be, once he enables us to go there.

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SpaceX

On May 30, 2020 the private company SpaceX launched astronauts to the International Space Station. This is said to be not only a huge step for the humanity, but also a sign that USA has become able to transport its astronauts to space without Russians' help.

As much as the latest success of SpaceX has impressed everybody, it is worth mentioning that the company has not always known only achievements. The previous three launches had meant only failure and lots of money wasted. However, Elon Musk's company is now one of the top employers in the field while possessing an astonishing level production quality.

SpaceX has made space cool again. Attracting top talent has been one of the reasons SpaceX has been able to achieve its miraculous product success.

One of the greatest business men of modern times, Elon Musk, came up with an idea to save on launch costs, while challenging the cycle time between launches.

By reusing the rocket boosters, he made sure to have several successful landings in three years. Furthermore, SpaceX is also equipped with the possibility to recover other parts from the launch, such as the fairing.

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A two-week quarantine is nothing new for NASA astronauts who are part of the International Space Station(ISS), as they have to isolate themselves before launch, for a ‘health stabilization’.

Being aboard the Space Station is like an extreme form of work-from-home, social distancing, lockdown, and quarantine all rolled into one.

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The International Space Station

The ISS is a multi-nation super satellite, the largest single construct in space, made between 1998 and 2011.

  • As of 2018, 230 astronauts and 18 countries have visited the International Space Station. It includes contributions(money and resources) from 15 nations like Russia, USA, and Europe.

  • The ISS is assisted (and even controlled) by mission control centers in Houston and Moscow, along with a payload control center in Huntsville, Ala.

Space as a garbage dump

For many ages, space was pristine. In 1957, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1 into orbit, but when the batteries died, the aluminium satellite marked the end of an unspoiled era.

According to NASA, the space above Earth is now the world's largest garbage dump. It consists of 8,000 tons of human junk, or space debris, left by space agencies over the last six decades.

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