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Experimental SpaceX rocket fails over Texas

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SpaceX F9r rocket test

The rocket self-destructed automatically after a malfunction, with SpaceX saying in a statement, “flight termination system automatically terminated the mission,”

“There were no injuries or near-injuries.”

It was quite a show for the bystanders parked on a nearby with many filming the launch.

The F9R rocket has been successfully tested before, but this time SpaceX pushed it to the limit, and it didn’t work out, SpaceX said.

The rocket was testing the landing gear for a possible Mars mission, four legs that stick out from the rockets base.

The plan for the F9R is to slowly land back onto the launch pad, using its booster engines, thus making it reusable.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk foresees the human colonization of Mars and other planets as the next step in space exploration.

But of course reusing rockets can save lots of money. SpaceX’s large Falcon 9 rockets cost about $54 million each.

Making rockets reusable reduce space flight costs enormously, SpaceX said.

F9R launches are less exciting. They don’t rumble the earth with the kind of blastoff thunder that the space shuttles or Saturn rockets once did, and the F9R is small, comprising only one stage.

The F9R is a small version of the Falcon 9, the first rocket from a commercial company to fly to the International Space Station.

While the Falcon 9 has nine rocket engines to boost it into Earth’s orbit. Only three propel the F9R, which has only flown to an altitude of 1,000 meters (3,280 feet).

Rocket science is very complex, and both small and big rockets sometimes fail.

Elon Musk tweeted after F9R’s self-detonation:

“Rockets are tricky …”


Experimental SpaceX rocket fails over Texas

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