Day: April 1, 2017

Chelsea’s march towards the Premier League title was stalled as goals from Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke earned Crystal Palace a shock 2-1 victory at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.Defeat ended Chelsea’s run of 13 successive home wins and enabled se…

Jose Mourinho’s fears that a gruelling schedule could prove problematic for Manchester United were confirmed in a drab 0-0 draw against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.The first of nine fixtures to come in April ended with United having to settle for …

Robert Lewandowski hit a hat-trick in Bayern Munich’s 6-0 thrashing of Augsburg on Saturday to go level with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in his battle to be the Bundesliga’s top scorer.The win ensured Bayern remained 13 points clear at the summit while A…

Wilfried Zaha rocked Chelsea as Crystal Palace breathed new life into the Premier League title race with a stunning 2-1 win over the leaders at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.In a frantic start, the Ivory Coast winger cancelled out Cesc Fabregas’s opener …

Hamas will allow foreign UN and Red Cross workers to leave Gaza, the Islamist movement ruling the Palestinian enclave said Saturday, after closing the only foot crossing with Israel.Hamas shut the Erez crossing on March 26 after it blamed the Jewish st…

Mudslides in southern Colombia have claimed at least 16 lives and injured some 65 people following recent torrential rains, the authorities said. Governor Sorrel Aroca of the Putumayo department called the development “an unprecedented tragedy,” tellin…

SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk said he wants to go further in the reuse of his rockets after successfully launching the first stage of a Falcon 9 rocket that was recycled from a previous flight.

Musk tweeted on Friday that he is looking into a test to bring home the second stage of the company’s new Falcon 9 Heavy rocket for reuse when the rocket debuts late in the summer.

SpaceX blasted off the recycled first stage, or booster, of a Falcon 9 rocket for the first time on Thursday, a feat that could dramatically lower the cost of space travel.

The Falcon 9 Heavy has a first stage composed of three Falcon 9 engine cores and “will be the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two,” according to the company website.

“Considering trying to bring upper stage back on Falcon Heavy demo flight for full reusability,” Musk wrote Friday on Twitter.

“Odds of success low,” he said, “but maybe worth a shot.”

He then added: “Falcon Heavy test flight currently scheduled for late summer.”

SpaceX has for 15 years been honing the technology of powering its boosters back to careful Earth landings on solid ground and in the water.

The goal is to make rocket parts as reusable as cars, planes or bicycles, Musk has said.

Reusing a first-stage booster rocket as was done on Thursday results in an estimated 30 percent savings on the cost of more than $60 million.

If SpaceX also manages to reuse the second stage of the rocket, costs will drop even further.

A Twitter user asked if Musk could say what will be in the test payload.

“Silliest thing we can imagine! Secret payload of 1st Dragon flight was a giant wheel of cheese. Inspired by a friend & Monty Python,” Musk answered.

The Dragon is the company’s spacecraft that is launched on top of SpaceX rockets. Dragons have delivered cargo to the International Space Station and safely returned to earth.