rocket explodes after launch:
unmanned rocket by Elon Musk's SpaceX on a resupply mission to the
International Space Station exploded Sunday just minutes after launch.
said that an "anomaly" had caused the spaceship, named Dragon, to fail
and was investigating. NASA is set to hold a press conference later
is not clear what happened," NASA said initially. "The vehicle has
-- which is headed by Musk -- has made seven trips to the ISS under a
contract the company has with NASA. It is the first company to
complete a return trip to the space station, a feat previously
achieved by only governments.
failed cargo flight was carrying more than 2 tons of supplies,
including 1,500 pounds of food and provisions for the crew aboard the
Polansky, a former NASA astronaut, tweeted
that the failure will not immediately affect
those aboard. "ISS priority is crew safety," he wrote. "Though tragic,
@SpaceX cargo failure doesn't pose immediate impact to that."
space station astronauts, two Russians and NASA's Scott Kelly, were
awaiting the arrival of SpaceX's shipment, which was meant to arrive
a tweet from space, Kelly, who is the brother-in-law of former Arizona
Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, said he watched the launch. "Space
is hard," he wrote. Read