SpaceX rocket explodes after launch

A mission by an unmanned SpaceX Falcon-9 rocket has ended in failure, when it exploded after lift-off from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The rocket was supposed to despatch a cargo ship to the International Space Station (ISS).

The lower segment of the rocket was then meant to turn around and use its engines to bring itself down to a floating barge.

It was US company SpaceX’s third failed attempt at the manoeuvre.

Bids in January and April ended in explosive impacts in the Atlantic Ocean.

–BBC

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