Nine epic photos of SpaceX rockets

While we all indulge our childhood dreams with these beautiful photos of rockets taking off, Elon Musk's SpaceX is trying to make space travel affordable.

by Rachel Savage
Last Updated: 21 Jan 2015

1. SpaceX was set up in 2002 by PayPal and Tesla founder Elon Musk  

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2. Musk's ultimate goal is to enable people to live on other planets.

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3. SpaceX is the only private company to have safely returned a spacecraft from orbit to Earth. Here it is launching in December 2010

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4. In 2012 it successfully sent a craft to the International Space Station, reducing the cost of such a mission from $1bn to $60m

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5. It has a $1.6bn (£1bn) resupply contract with NASA

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6.  But it had to abort yesterday's mission to the International Space Station due to a helium leak. Less a roar of engines, more a balloon-inhaled squeak

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7. Musk wants to make launch rockets reusable. Each one currently costs around $54m

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8. Robert Downey Jr's Iron Man character Tony Stark is based on Musk

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9. Parts of Iron Man 2 were filmed at SpaceX's LA headquarters

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