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NSS Statement on Launch of SpaceX Falcon 1

While this launch was unsuccessful, the deeper significance of this launch lies in the ultimate ambitions of SpaceX and its founder: low cost access to space, and settlement of the solar system.

"Just last month, Musk stated that the ultimate goal is to make life multi-planetary," said George T. Whitesides, Executive Director of the NSS. "That long-range vision is exactly what the world needs now. Elon is putting his money towards a grand vision-and if his bet pays off, all of humanity will win. It is a most worthy goal, and we are sure that the SpaceX team will learn from today and push forward."

Musk will make featured remarks at the 25th annual conference of the National Space Society, the International Space Development Conference. The conference will run from May 4-7 at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel in Los
Angeles. Musk will open the Space Venturing Forum, a special business summit on the opening day of ISDC.

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