SpaceX Made History Again by Landing a Rocket on a Droneship

Last Friday, a SpaceX rocket stuck a spectacular landing on a platform floating in the Atlantic Ocean. Like a pencil balancing on a flaming eraser, the rocket remained perpendicular as it touched down near dead center of its target on a droneship named Of Course I Still Love You. That's right: We’re finally starting to get good at this.

The rocket, a Falcon 9 first-stage booster, represents more than just another first for SpaceX. (In December 2015 a Falcon 9 nailed the landing on a return to Earth—the first time that's been done, too.) The vessel will be towed to Port Canaveral, Florida, where its creators intend to test it and potentially put it right back to work. Speaking to the press after the landing, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk emphasized the importance of reusability. “In order for us to really open up access to space, we've got to achieve full and rapid reusability," he said. "And being able to do that for the primary rocket booster is going to have a huge impact on cost." 

A Falcon 9 costs about $61.2 million out of the box, making reuse a green choice for more than one reason. The company hopes to get 10 to 20 launches out of each rocket, although, Musk added, with "minor refurbishment you could get to 100." 

Musk described the exhilarating success as "another step toward the stars." It was surely also a welcome development after several failed missions in the last few years, including this explosive tip over in January when a Falcon 9 attempted to land on a droneship called Just Read the Instructions.   

Elon Musk’s mother, legendary model Maye Musk, took to Instagram to beam about her son’s success.

Huge smile for successful @spacex launch and Falcon 9 landing. #stillsmiling #sohappy #editorial

A photo posted by Maye Musk (@mayemusk) on

[h/t The Los Angeles Times]

Header image from YouTube // SpaceX

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The Most Searched Shows on Netflix in 2017, By State

Orange is the New Black is the new black, at least as far as Netflix viewers are concerned. The women-in-prison dramedy may have premiered in 2013, but it’s still got viewers hooked. Just as they did in 2017, took a deep dive into Netflix analytics using Google Trends to find out which shows people in each state were searching Netflix for throughout the year. While there was a little bit of crossover between 2016 and 2017, new series like American Vandal and Mindhunter gave viewers a host of new content. But that didn’t stop Orange is the New Black from dominating the map; it was the most searched show in 15 states.

Coming in at a faraway second place was American Vandal, a new true crime satire that captured the attention of five states (Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Wisconsin). Even more impressive is the fact that the series premiered in mid-September, meaning that it found a large and rabid audience in a very short amount of time.

Folks in Alaska, Colorado, and Oregon were all destined to be disappointed; Star Trek: Discovery was the most searched-for series in each of these states, but it’s not yet available on Netflix in America (you’ve got to get CBS All Access for that, folks). Fourteen states broke the mold a bit with shows that were unique to their state only; this included Big Mouth in Delaware, The Keepers in Maryland, The OA in Pennsylvania, GLOW in Rhode Island, and Black Mirror in Hawaii.

Check out the map above to see if your favorite Netflix binge-watch matches up with your neighbors'. For more detailed findings, visit

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Monthly Internet Costs in Every Country

Thanks to the internet, people around the world can conduct global research, trade tips, and find faraway friends without ever leaving their couch. Not everyone pays the same price for these digital privileges, though, according to new data visualizations spotted by Thrillist.

To compare internet user prices in each country, cost information site created a series of maps. The data comes courtesy of English market research consultancy BDRC and, which teamed up to analyze 3351 broadband packages in 196 nations between August 18, 2017 and October 12, 2017.

In the U.S., for example, the average cost for internet service is $66 per month. That’s substantially more than what browsers pay in neighboring Mexico ($27) and Canada ($55). Still, we don’t have it bad compared to either Namibia or Burkina Faso, where users shell out a staggering $464 and $924, respectively, for monthly broadband access. In fact, internet in the U.S. is far cheaper than what residents in 113 countries pay, including those in Saudi Arabia ($84), Indonesia ($72), and Greenland ($84).

On average, internet costs in Asia and Russia tend to be among the lowest, while access is prohibitively expensive in sub-Saharan Africa and in certain parts of Oceania. As for the world’s cheapest internet, you’ll find it in Ukraine and Iran.

Check out the maps below for more broadband insights, or view’s full findings here.

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site

[h/t Thrillist]


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