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Elon Musk, chief executive officer of Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX), left, sits with guests inside the Manned Dragon V2 Space Taxi in Hawthorne, California, on May 29, 2014.

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Elon Musk, chief executive officer of Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX), left, sits with guests inside the Manned Dragon V2 Space Taxi in Hawthorne, California, on May 29, 2014.

Elon Musk, SpaceX Aim at Final Frontier

In the pilot episode of “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” Captain Jean-Luc Picard turns to his adversary, Q, and says, “The unknown is what brings us out here.” Gwynne Shotwell, president of Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp., feels the same...

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Elon Musk, co-founder and chief executive officer of Tesla Motors Inc. and Space Exploration Technologies Corp., signs autographs for attendees following a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing in Washington, D.C., on March 5, 2014.

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Elon Musk, co-founder and chief executive officer of Tesla Motors Inc. and Space Exploration Technologies Corp., signs autographs for attendees following a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing in Washington, D.C., on March 5, 2014.

Elon Musk Shaking Up D.C. — Like Auto and Space Races

Billionaire Elon Musk doesn’t do anything quietly. His Space Exploration Technologies Corp. won a battle with Amazon.com’s Jeff Bezos to lease a historic Kennedy Space Center launch pad, was the first private U.S. company to dock a spacecraft at the...

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Space Exploration Technologies Corp.'s (SpaceX) Falcon 9 rocket takes off in Cape Canaveral, Florida, in this handout photo made available to the media on May 18, 2012.

Photographer: Chris Thompson/SpaceX via Bloomberg

Space Exploration Technologies Corp.'s (SpaceX) Falcon 9 rocket takes off in Cape Canaveral, Florida, in this handout photo made available to the media on May 18, 2012.

Musk Hires More Lobbyists Seeking Satellite Launches

Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp., which spent $1.1 million trying to influence the federal government last year, hired two additional lobbying firms this month, Senate records show. The new lobbyists include two former congressional aides and a former Defense Department official. ...

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An adult film actress in her apartment, which is frequently used as a filming location, in Los Angeles.

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An adult film actress in her apartment, which is frequently used as a filming location, in Los Angeles.

Horseburgers, Porn Riders and More in $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill

While there’s been a lot of coverage about the overall thrust of the $1.1 trillion “omnibus” spending bill that has cleared Congress, lawmakers in both parties expressed concern that there wasn’t enough time to read the whole thing. Taxpayers for...

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The A-3 tower was designed to test a GenCorp Inc. engine for a rocket program canceled in 2010.

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The A-3 tower was designed to test a GenCorp Inc. engine for a rocket program canceled in 2010.

Congress Serving Pork — Not ‘Rocket Science’

When Congress agreed with President Barack Obama in 2010 and shut down the Constellation program to send astronauts to the moon and beyond, it did so with one condition: NASA finishes construction of a tower to test an engine for...

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A press conference in Tehran after the return of the capsule carrying this monkey was sent above the Earth's atmosphere on Jan. 28, 2013.

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A press conference in Tehran after the return of the capsule carrying this monkey was sent above the Earth's atmosphere on Jan. 28, 2013.

McCain’s Ahmadinejad ‘Monkey’ Line: ‘Lighten Up, Folks’

Sen. John McCain, no fan of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, probably wouldn’t mind the Iranian leader blasting off into the wherever. Nothing there is new. How he said it today, though, has rankled some, including a Republican congressman who called the jibe...

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Space Shuttle Atlantis rolls down Kennedy Parkway on its way to its new home at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida.

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Space Shuttle Atlantis rolls down Kennedy Parkway on its way to its new home at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida.

NASA to Shed Old Shuttle Sites

With its shuttle fleet retired and on display at museums around the country, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration is looking to shed its shuttle facilities and equipment. NASA is in talks with a handful of space companies and partnerships...

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Space Exploration Technologies Corp.'s (SpaceX) Falcon 9 rocket takes off in Cape Canaveral, Florida on May 18, 2012.

Photograph by Chris Thompson/SpaceX via Bloomberg

Space Exploration Technologies Corp.'s (SpaceX) Falcon 9 rocket takes off in Cape Canaveral, Florida on May 18, 2012.

Musk’s Toe in Launch Market Draws Lockheed Jab

The CEOs of Lockheed Martin Corp. and Space Exploration Technologies Corp. are trading jabs over the upstart competitor’s push into the $70 billion military launch market. A Lockheed-Boeing Co. joint venture has had a lock on the work for six...

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