In a major announcement that will end the reliance on the Russians to launch Americans into space and could also determine which private company launches the first manned mission to mars, NASA on Tuesday afternoon awarded the human spaceflight contract worth $6.8 billion to both SpaceX and Boeing.
NASA is a giant step closer to launching Americans again from U.S. soil, and one of the likely contenders is SpaceX, the private rocket company formed by PayPal and Tesla co-founder Elon Musk.
NASA asks private businesses to make their pitch for using the International Space Station for private commercial businesses. Companies will have to develop their own way to get there, though.
The annual New Space Conference has become a center of gravity for the dozens of companies, inventors and enthusiasts who see profits in outer space.
Stargazers and space enthusiasts could have a chance to see the International Space Station in the skies above the Bay Area Tuesday Night.