By Drew Bodmer, Physics and Computer Science, 2022. On February 1, 2003, the space shuttle Columbia broke up on reentry into the Earth’s atmosphere, killing all seven astronauts on board in a chilling reminder of the dangers of space travel. SpaceX believes a fully and rapidly reusable rocket is the pivotal breakthrough needed to substantially reduce the cost of space access. 3 min read. Source: Pixabay. SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket currently carries a … SpaceX could begin launching completely reusable Falcon 9 rockets by the end of next year, company founder and CEO Elon Musk said.