Space Tourism Becomes The Final Fun-tier… What is Marscoin?

Mars is getting crowded already, like The Hamptons. But at least when “Mars Hotel” finally opens (as foretold in 1974 by The Grateful Dead) there’s already a way to pay.

“Marscoin” is a new cryptocurrency fielded by The Mars Society to not only help fund missions, but also to act as the new world’s reserve currency. Sounds far out, but it’s just the payments business looking for new opportunities. And, as the Marscoin folks say, for “a new planetary settlement, a payment and value transfer/storage system such as bitcoin would be useful, first and foremost. It is very unlikely that the first Martian settlers will start printing paper.”


Starship serial number 9 (SN9) completed SpaceX’s second high-altitude flight test of a Starship prototype from the SpaceX site in Cameron County, Texas.

These test flights are all about improving our understanding and development of a fully reusable transportation system designed to carry both crew and cargo on long-duration, interplanetary flights and help humanity return to the Moon, and travel to Mars and beyond.

SpaceX will launch an advanced GPS satellite for the US Space Force tonight. Here’s how to watch.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket  will launch an upgraded global positioning satellite (GPS) into orbit for the U.S. Space Force today (Sept. 30) and you can watch it live online. 

The flight — the 17th launch this year for SpaceX and its workhorse Falcon 9 rocket — is scheduled to blast off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 9:55 p.m. (2155 GMT). The rocket is carrying the GPS III SV04 satellite for the Space Force.

You can watch the launch live here courtesy of SpaceX, beginning about 15 minutes before liftoff. You’ll also be able to watch the launch directly from SpaceX here