Elon Musk, founder and CEO of Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), is the 2009 Space Laureate for his work in the dawn of commercial space transportation. Musk reinvested the millions he earned as a founder of the online payment service PayPal to begin developing the Falcon 1 rocket, the first privately financed liquid-fueled launch vehicle to orbit a payload. On Sept. 28, 2008, after three failures along what is typically a very steep learning curve, the Falcon 1 launched a ...

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