Sad space news.
The SpaceX International Space Station resupply mission failed as the company’s Falcon 9 rocket exploded shortly after launch.
The mission launched at 10:21 a.m. local time on Sunday, June 28 from Cape Canaveral, Florida. But the rocket disintegrated into small fragments just minutes after blastoff.
There was an overpressure event in the upper stage liquid oxygen tank. Data suggests counterintuitive cause.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 28, 2015
This would have been SpaceX’s seventh resupply mission to the ISS. But the rocket failure marks the private space company’s first failed mission to the space station.
— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) June 28, 2015