SpaceX zeroes in on cause of spectacular rocket explosion

September 23, 2016 7:40 PM

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SpaceX zeroes in on cause of spectacular rocket explosion

Elon Musk's space company posts preliminary results of its investigation into an "anomaly" that led to the loss of a Falcon 9 rocket and Amos-6 satellite.

It's a little like the most spectacular popping of a helium balloon ever. Well, if that balloon were actually a two-stage SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket capable of 1.7 million pounds of thrust and the helium inside was next to big tanks of flammable liquid oxygen and kerosene.

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