Two weeks ago, a SpaceX rocket inexplicably burst into flames, taking its satellite payload up in smoke. Now the space company has given a date for when we can expect to see its rockets back in the air.
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Facebook wasn't the only one who saw millions of its dollars go up in smoke when a SpaceX rocket exploded on a Cape Canaveral launch pad last Thursday. Facebook was actually making use of a satellite operated by Spacecom, an Israeli-based satellite operator, in it's attempt to expand internet use on the entire continent of Africa.
Last night, a routine test firing of a SpaceX rocket ended in a fiery explosion, destroying both the vehicle and its payload, a communications satellite that Facebook planned to use for beaming free internet down to Africa. As the smoke begins to clear, the future of SpaceX remains clouded in uncertainty.
Video: You can pretend to be disappointed every time SpaceX's Falcon 9 crashes during a landing attempt, but deep down you know part of you wants to see an explosion. That's why this video of a miniature flying SpaceX Falcon 9 drone is both awesome and disappointing, because there's never going to be a fireball.
Time for your daily dose of space porn! Photographer Zack Grether posted photos on his blog of what he said was the landing of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
Video: Yes, we could watch that gif of the Falcon 9 rocket landing itself on a drone ship all day long. But, after watching this string of the last four years of SpaceX's rockets hurtling through the air, it turns out there's one thing that's even better: crashes.