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SpaceX test-fires 'Raptor' rocket that will take humans to Mars


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SpaceX has done its first test of the Raptor rocket engine that will take humans to Mars as early as 2024, Elon Musk said in a series of tweets. It was fired at the company's McGregor, Texas facility on a stand that can handle the extreme thrust. Pointing out the "mach diamonds" from the test, Musk said the "production Raptor goal is a specific impulse of 382 seconds and thrust of 3 MN [680,000 pounds]," more than three times that of the current Falcon 9.


- namesake or not, I just think this is wicked cool. 

That is all. 

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1 hour ago, SaltyTiger said:

Do a test run first? Send Kim and Con-yeah or Donald and Hillary

Any elected federal offical should have to go on a space test flight or a ground or air combat mission in Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.  

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