When The Alaska Zoo decided it would be best to send its only elephant, a 25-year-old African elephant named Maggie, to live in California with the Performing Animals Welfare Society sanctuary, it turned to the Air Force after it couldn’t find suitable commercial transportation. The 10,000-pound Maggie traveled in a specially designed crate aboard a 517th Airlift Squadron C-17 from Elmendorf AFB, Alaska, to Travis AFB, Calif. From Travis, she was taken by truck to the sanctuary where she will share 30 acres with nine other elephants, reports Associated Press. The Air Force is getting reimbursed for the expense of the endeavor.
NASA, SpaceX, and United Launch Alliance are all preparing to launch their next-gen rockets from Florida’s Space Coast, two of them before the year is out. One is expected to liberate the U.S. launch enterprise from its reliance on Russian-made RD-180 engines, while all three rockets could eventually carry astronaut crews.