For the first time since 2011, astronauts have launched into orbit from the US. The private-public effort spearheaded by Space-X delivered two American astronauts to the international space station. (All we need is a 164 million more rockets and we can all get out.)

+ Elon Musk and SpaceX pull off another feat few thought possible. “Beyond flying humans to the station in low Earth orbit at about 240 miles high, SpaceX ultimately wants to fly people to the moon, some 240,000 miles away. It recently won a contract from NASA to build a spacecraft capable of landing humans on the lunar surface. Ultimately, though, Musk wants to send humans to Mars, a hugely ambitious goal.” (Martians are like, “Uh, no thanks, we’re good…)