SpaceX rocket on re-supply mission to space station explodes after launch

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A Falcon 9 rocket launched by entrepreneur Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies that was taking supplies to the International Space Station exploded suddenly about two and a half minutes after it took off from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Sunday morning.

A report from the privately-held company said that the rocket experienced an “anomaly on ascent” and that its team was investigating.

It wasn’t clear what happened to the SpaceX rocket, but based on video of the launch that was broadcast live by NASA (embedded below) it appeared to break apart completely shortly after launch. This would have been the seventh such mission to the ISS by Musk’s company, and the 20th launch in total for the Falcon program.

The SpaceX and Tesla founder said on Twitter that the rocket “experienced a problem shortly before first-stage shutdown.” Later, he added that there was an “over-pressure event in the upper-stage…

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