SpaceX Rocket Erupts Shortly After Launch

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket broke up just minutes after its launch with cargo for the International Space Station, NASA said. The Falcon took off right on time, rising into the sunny skies over Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florda at 10:21 a.m. ET. But shortly afterward, NASA spokesman George Diller reported that the launch vehicle was lost. The mission's primary objective was to deliver the Dragon to the space station with more than two and a half tons of supplies, equipment and experiments — ranging from a new docking adapter for accommodating future U.S.-built spaceships to a virtual-reality headset for the station's crew. Sunday's loss marked SpaceX's first failed mission to the space station, and extended a string of setbacks for space station resupply.

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