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I'm going to start this thread off with a couple videos, and hope for it to continue with info about Elon Musk, what happened to NASA, etc. Falcon Heavy Test Flight "Crazy things can come true" Starman Elon Musk celebrates successful Falcon Heavy rocket launch
NASA has selected SpaceX to be the exclusive lessee of the Kennedy Center's Launch Complex 39A. December 16, 2013 Robert Z. Pearlman First and last launches, for now: The Apollo 4 Saturn V liftoff (left) and STS-135 space shuttle launch were the first and last to leave Launch Pad 39A in 1967 and 2011, respectively. collectSPACE.com/NASA "NASA has selected Space Exploration Technologies, better known as SpaceX, to lease a historic launch pad for the company's commercial rockets. The space agency announced Friday (Dec. 13) that it is beginning negotiations with SpaceX of Hawthorne, Calif., to take over exclusive use of Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. NASA used the pad for decades to send astronauts to the moon and later launch space shuttles into Earth orbit. "Permitting the use and operation of this valuable national asset by a private-sector, commercial space partner will ensure its continued viability and allow for its continued use in support of U.S. space activities," NASA said in its statement announcing the selection. [Photos: The Rockets and Spaceships of SpaceX] SpaceX, led by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, was one of two private spaceflight companies vying for the use of Launch Pad 39A. Blue Origin, founded by Amazon.com chief Jeff Bezos, had proposed using the launch complex as a multi-user facility supporting other rocket companies, including United Launch Alliance (ULA). SpaceX proposed to use to use Pad 39A for its own future launches. The company is currently contracted by NASA to launch its unmanned Dragon capsules to resupply the International Space Station and is currently vying for the agency's business to fly astronauts to and from the space station beginning in 2017. SpaceX has previously said it was considering use of Pad 39A for launching larger models of its Falcon rocket. NASA chose SpaceX after the Government Accountability Office (GAO) denied a protest filed against the agency by Blue Origin in September. Blue Origin had raised concerns about the competitive process NASA was employing in its attempt to lease use of Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A). snip http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2013/1216/NASA-to-grant-SpaceX-lease-to-historic-launch-pad