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SpaceX Chases History With Launch While Bigger Hurdles Loom

  • Company’s first mission with astronauts is set for 4:33 p.m.
  • NASA trying to create ‘robust’ market in orbit, chief says
The SpaceX Crew capsule.

The SpaceX Crew capsule.

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Elon Musk’s SpaceX is angling to become the first U.S. company to join an elite club of government space powers with the know-how and wealth to blast humans into orbit.

While that’s uncharted territory, what comes next will be far more difficult. Musk is trying to turn such voyages into a sustainable business that supports a thriving space colony hundreds of miles above the Earth’s surface and, ultimately, bankrolls forays to the moon and Mars.