The day before SpaceX launched its first Falcon Heavy rocket on a test flight with the cheeky goal of putting Elon Musk’s car on permanent cruise control around the Sun, the boyish CEO told reporters there was a “tiny, tiny chance” the vehicle could hit Mars, scientists’ prime target in the search for past or present-day life beyond Earth. Asked to quantify the risk, Musk quipped, “Extremely tiny.”  Government spacecraft heading to Mars, especially ...


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