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SpaceX to exclusively fly reusable rocket

A Falcon 9 rocket taking off
A Falcon 9 rocket taking flight. Photo: Bill Ingalis/NASA via Getty Images

SpaceX will launch its Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket on Sunday, which is the only model the company will be using for rocket launches moving forward, reports Loren Grush of The Verge.

The big picture: "SpaceX CEO Elon Musk claims that the Block 5s won’t need any major refurbishment for the first 10 flights or so, and could potentially fly up to 100 times before being retired," Grush writes. The company plans on being able to turn around Block 5 rockets in just 24 hours after a flight.

NASA solar probe is getting closer than ever to the Sun

Dr. Eugene Parker announcing the solar probe
Dr. Eugene Parker announcing plans for the solar probe. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

NASA is preparing to send a probe closer to the sun than ever before with August 6 as the targeted launch date, reports Reuters.

The details: The probe, called the Parker Solar Probe, is set to fly into the sun's corona and get within 3.8 million miles of the star's surface — seven times closer to the sun than any other spacecraft and the mission is projected to take seven years. It's goal is to study the part of the sun's atmosphere giving rise to solar wind.

Go deeper: Experts argue the Missouri boat tragedy was avoidable

A child places a candle on the floor during a vigil.
A candlelight prayer vigil in Branson, Missouri. Photo: Michael Thomas/Getty Images

The fatal duck boat tragedy in Missouri that killed 17 on Thursday could have been prevented, director of the University of Georgia's Atmospheric Science Program, Dr. Marshall Shepherd, writes in Forbes.

The big picture: President of Ripley Entertainment Inc., which owns the duck boat tours, said that the storm responsible for capsizing the boat "came out of nowhere," per CNN. But a thunderstorm warning was issued around Branson, where the incident occurred, approximately 30 minutes before the boat sank.