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SpaceX Crew Dragon Demo-2: 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 commercialise 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

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SpaceX’s First Crewed Space Flight Set to Launch on May 27 as NASA Gives Green Light

NASA gave the green light on Friday to next week’s launch of two astronauts aboard a SpaceX vessel — the first crewed space flight from US soil in nine years and a crucial step towards ending American dependence on Russian rockets. Top officials at the US space agency and Elon Musk’s company had been meeting since Thursday at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for final checks of the Crew Dragon space capsule ahead of its maiden May 27 crewed mission.

“At the end we got to a go,” NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine told reporters by video of the meticulous Flight Readiness Review, which provided the go-ahead.

US astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley are scheduled to blast off from Kennedy’s historic Launch Pad 39A at 2:03am IST on Thursday for the International Space Station, arriving the next day.

Asked about going ahead with the mission in the midst of

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KKR-Jio Deal: US PE Giant KKR to Invest Rs. 11,367 Crores in Jio Platforms

Reliance Industries on Friday announced the sale of a 2.32 percent stake in its digital unit to US private equity giant KKR for Rs. 11,367 crores, the fifth deal in four weeks that will inject a combined Rs. 78,562 crores in the oil-to-telecom conglomerate to help it pare debt. This is KKR’s largest investment in Asia.

“This transaction values Jio Platforms at an equity value of Rs. 4.91 lakh crores and an enterprise value of Rs. 5.16 lakh crores. This is KKR’s largest investment in Asia and will translate into a 2.32 percent equity stake in Jio Platforms on a fully diluted basis,” the company said in a statement.

The deal follows Facebook picking up a 9.99 percent stake in the firm, housing India’s youngest but largest telecom company, on April 22 for Rs. 43,574 crores.

Within days of that deal, Silver Lake – the world’s largest tech investor –

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Honor X10 With 5G Support, Pop-Up Selfie Camera Launched: Price, Specifications

Honor X10 has been launched in China on Wednesday, May 20 with an online event. With the Honor X10 the company aims at making 5G more accessible to people without having to go for a flagship phone with a flagship price tag. The phone comes with a triple rear camera setup and an octa-core processor. It also has a pop-up design for the selfie camera. The Honor X10 comes in three colour options as well as three RAM and storage configurations.

Honor X10 price and availability

The Honor X10 has been listed on Vmall in three configurations. The 6GB + 64GB variant is priced at CNY 1,899 (roughly Rs. 20,200), the 6GB + 128GB variant is priced at CNY 2,199 (roughly Rs. 23,400), and the 8GB + 128GB variant is priced at CNY 2,399 (roughly Rs. 25,500). The phone is available in four colour options namely, Fiery Orange, Midnight Black,

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NASA Human Spaceflight Chief Doug Loverro Resigns Ahead of Launch

NASA’s human spaceflight chief Doug Loverro has resigned, according to an internal memo seen by agency employees on Tuesday, just a week before the agency is scheduled to launch two astronauts into space from US soil for the first time since 2011.

The resignation capped Loverro’s brief role at the agency overseeing future astronaut launches and landing humans on the moon by 2024.

“Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations Doug Loverro has resigned from his position effective Monday, May 18,” said the memo sent to employees on Tuesday and seen by Reuters.

It added that Ken Bowersox, NASA’s deputy associate administrator and a former astronaut, would take Loverro’s place until a permanent replacement is found.

A NASA spokeswoman declined to comment.

In an email to colleagues seen by Reuters, Loverro said his departure was “because of my personal actions,” citing without more explanation “risks” he took to meet the

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