The 20 most memorable SpaceX missions from its 1st 20 years in photos

SpaceX has changed the spaceflight landscape during its two decades of existence. The company, which Elon Musk founded on March 14, 2002, has made rocket reuse routine, a breakthrough that allows for cheaper and more frequent launches. Thanks to SpaceX, the United States is once again sending astronauts to orbit from American soil. The company has also kicked off a new phase of space tourism and (potentially) brought the settlement of Mars a step closer to reality, among other accomplishments.

SpaceX has launched about 150 orbital missions over the company's first 20 years. Here's a look at 20 of the most important and memorable of them, in chronological order.

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Mike Wall
Senior Space Writer

Michael Wall is a Senior Space Writer with and joined the team in 2010. He primarily covers exoplanets, spaceflight and military space, but has been known to dabble in the space art beat. His book about the search for alien life, "Out There," was published on Nov. 13, 2018. Before becoming a science writer, Michael worked as a herpetologist and wildlife biologist. He has a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from the University of Sydney, Australia, a bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona, and a graduate certificate in science writing from the University of California, Santa Cruz. To find out what his latest project is, you can follow Michael on Twitter.