Space X innovates exploration

Jillian Scanlon


Space has always been a subject of fascination. In 2011, NASA retired their space shuttles; however, Space X, a private company founded by Elon Musk in 2002, works under contract with NASA.

Mark Pergrem, associate professor of physics at GHC says, “I think probably by the time everything is said and done, they will roughly have had a couple dozen, give or take, resupply missions.”

According to Pergrem, SpaceX has an ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets. Pergrem specifically mentioned Mars.

That being said, their carriers are apparently built to potentially carry people. According to Pergrem, they were built with that intent.

Space X’s website states that “SpaceX” is the only private company ever to return a spacecraft from low-earth orbit.

Musk firmly believes in reusable spacecrafts.

According to Space X website, Musk said, “If one can figure out how to effectively reuse rockets just like airplanes, the cost of access to space will be reduced by as much as a factor. A fully reusable vehicle has never been done before. That really is the fundamental breakthrough needed to revolutionize access to space.”

So many areas benefit from space exploration, technology would not be where it is and the medical field would not be where it is.

Pergrem believes, “If we are going to decide things through the ballot, it is incumbent upon us to know enough science to vote intelligently and serve on a jury fairly.”