It looks like there’s a good chance today’s SpaceX launch will be successful – Founder Elon Musk just wrote that they made it into space. The maiden launch attempt one year ago didn’t go so well, and today’s launch was almost aborted.
Congratulations to the SpaceX team. This is an awesome private sector accomplishment. There’s much more about this story on CruchGear.
Update 6:56 PM: They lost contact with the rocket before it reached the intended orbit. “The rolling motion caused the second stage engine to shut down early” and it may have re-entered the atmosphere. Still, they made it into Space.