Shortly after taking off from Cape Canaveral, Florida yesterday (June 28), the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded midair due to “an anomaly.” The unmanned spacecraft was carrying two and a half tons of supplies and equipment.
Like previous SpaceX missions, the rocket was carrying a robotic Dragon cargo holder meant to deliver both necessary and leisurely items to the crew aboard the International Space Station. This marks the third failed supply mission in eight months.
NASA and the ISS assured those concerned that the crew still has plenty of supplies to last the next few months. In the meantime, SpaceX’s president and chief operating officer Gwynne Shotwell announced that further Falcon 9 missions will be suspended for the next few months.
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly—who hopes to be the first American to spend a year in space—tweeted the following image of Cape Canaveral from the ISS, writing “Watched #Dragon launch from @space_station Sadly failed Space is hard Teams assess below.”
— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) June 28, 2015
According to witnesses, everything seemed to be going according to plan at first, but NASA spokesman George Diller later remarked, “We appear to have had a launch vehicle failure,” and other officials confirmed the rocket “experienced an anomaly” 148 seconds into the flight. Debris from the explosion fell into the Atlantic Ocean, and no damage or injury was occurred on the ground.
Everything appeared to be going fine, but then you won’t believe what happens after 1:50…