Sp aceX rocket ex­plodes af­ter Florida launch

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An un­manned Space Ex­plo­ration Tech­nolo­gies rocket ex­ploded about two min­utes af­ter liftoff from Florida on Sun­day, de­stroy­ing a cargo ship bound for the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion in the latest in a string of mishaps in sup­ply­ing the or­bit­ing out­post.

The 208-foot-tall Fal­con 9 rocket, built and flown by the com­pany known as SpaceX that is owned by tech­nol­ogy en­tre­pre­neur Elon Musk, had pre­vi­ously made 18 suc­cess­ful launches since its 2010 de­but. Those in­cluded six cargo runs for NASA un­der a 15-flight con­tract worth more than $2 bil­lion.

The ac­ci­dent soon af­ter liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Sta­tion was the sec­ond suc­ces­sive botched mis­sion to re­sup­ply the space sta­tion. A Rus­sian Progress cargo ship failed to reach the out­post in April fol­low­ing a prob­lem with its Soyuz launcher.

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Fal­con 9 rocket lifts off.

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