From Cape Canaveral this morning Space X launched its Falcon 9 rocket which exploded two minutes and nineteen seconds after liftoff. The Purpose for this Rocket was 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.

Space X has a plan of making re-usable rocket and this the third one from Space X which company is testing under reusable rocket.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 is unclear if today’s failure will affect the launch schedule.

Elon musk the owner of Space X (and Tesla) says ruptured the rocket’s liquid oxygen tank, causing the explosion:

Elon musk

The rocket was carrying over 5,000 pounds of supplies, food, and science experiments inside the Dragon cargo ship that was affixed to the top of the rocket. Included with the experiments were two of Microsoft’s HoloLens devices, which the astronauts were going to use to communicate with control room operators and to augment their tasks, all part of a test program called Sidekick.

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