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SpaceX And NASA Have Released Full Statements About Thursday's Rocket Explosion by Dave Mosher
Review by Charles Mohapel
Business Insider.com, Gizmodo.com, SPACE.com News  ISBN/ITEM#: CM160903SPACEX
Date: 03 September 2016

Links: Business Insider.com / Gizmodo.com Article #1 / Gizmodo.com Article #2 / SPACE.com Article /

On September 1, 2016, one of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rockets, complete with Facebook's $200 million Amos-6 satellite, was destroyed in a catastrophic accident on a launchpad called Space Launch Center 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral, Florida.  According to SpaceX founder Elon Musk, it wasn't an explosion, but rather what we saw was a really fast fire.

Photos: Max Whitaker/Getty Images; USLaunchReport.com; Business Insider

More than a day after the fiery explosion of a Falcon 9 rocket on a launchpad in Cape Canaveral, Florida, both SpaceX and NASA have issued full statements.

The rocket catastrophically blew up at a launchpad called Space Launch Center 40 (SLC-40) at 9:07 a.m. on September 1, right before a routine engine-firing test.

Although no one was hurt during the blast, Facebook's $200 million Amos-6 satellite -- bound to provide Internet service to the developing world -- was utterly destroyed.

The blast reportedly shattered windows nearby, knocked sliding doors off peoples' homes farther away, and was heard as far as 30 miles from SLC-40, according to local Florida TV stations.

The cause of the mishap isn't known at this time, and experts say it will hamper the ambitious launch schedule planned by aerospace company, which is owned by entrepreneur Elon Musk.

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