As some of you may know, Elon Musk is an entrepreneur who owns numerous companies that all revolve around the idea of changing the future of humanity. Space X is one of his companies that was created by Elon and others in the hopes to one day colonize Mars! They manufacture and design rockets capable of flying out into space and coming back down to earth and landing.
Their Falcon 9 rockets had successful vertical landings in 2015 which was a major deal for Space X because they showed everyone that their technology works! Before the landing was successful, Space X used all of its funding to keep testing more and more of these types of rockets and they would all fail at first. Then they had one more shot, one more rocket. So Elon chose to use the last of the remaining funding to try landing the rocket again and if it failed, then Space X would have been finished, but it actually succeeded.
Last year in 2017, they delivered a Tesla car as a payload on top of a rocket to a space station in orbit. This shows that the technology is now capable of delivering a heavy load to orbit. Could this be a step in the right direction for humans to be able to colonize a planet? Space X also launched a Falcon 9 rocket around this time that looked like a shooting star in the night sky over southern California and it made people outdoors stop and take their phones out to film it!
Space X plans to launch its first crewed space craft in the beginning of 2019!