Sunday, June 28, 2015

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket explodes mid-flight

The Falcon 9 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral this morning exploded two minutes and nineteen seconds after liftoff. The rocket was supposed to deliver cargo to the International Space Station, and no humans were on board. It was the first Falcon 9 that has ever failed, following 18 successful missions.

The mission was also going to serve as the third test of SpaceX's reusable rocket plan. The first stage of the Falcon 9 was supposed to separate three minutes after launch and land itself on a drone ship at sea. The next time SpaceX is scheduled to test the Falcon 9's reusability is on the August 9th launch of the Jason-3 satellite. SpaceX has said that landing will be attempted on land at Vandenburg Airforce Base, not at sea, but it...

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