SpaceX Rocket on ISS Supply Mission Explodes Shortly After Liftoff
NASA has confirmed that, after a successful liftoff, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded in midair this morning. Pieces of the rocket could be seen falling into the Atlantic ocean, the Guardian reports.
NASA spokesman George Diller told NBC News that the last readings from the rocket came two minutes and 19 seconds after launch.
According to the Guardian, SpaceX said that the anomaly occurred when the rocket went supersonic.
The vehicle experienced an anomaly on ascent. Team is investigating. Updates to come.June 28, 2015
Falcon 9’s primary objective was to delivery a robotic cargo capsule called Dragon—the payload of which included food and oxygen—to the space station.
Falcon 9 experienced a problem shortly before first stage shutdown. Will provide more info as soon as we review the data.June 28, 2015
There is no immediate threat to life for the astronauts on the space station, the Verge reports. This was the first time a Falcon 9 rocket has failed, after 18 successful launches. It is also, however, the third failed resupply mission to the ISS in the last year.
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