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February 16, 2010

I correct NYT

Quoting New York Times:

Much of the launching pad seems like it was assembled during a scavenger hunt. A 125,000-gallon liquid oxygen tank from the Apollo era was bought for $86,000 — the price of scrap metal — and refurbished. SpaceX bought some rusty railroad cars that NASA had used to transport hydrogen and refurbished those, too.

Why would SpaceX store and transport carloads of hydrogen, if their hydrogen stage is 3 years away from flight, if that?

The answer is, Mr. Kenneth Chang confused hydrogen and helium, and the vaunted layers of editors and fact-checkers missed it.

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