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The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket was carrying supplies to the International Space Station (ISS) but it ended up exploding shortly after lift-off on 28 June at Cape Canaveral, Florida.
This is the third supply mission to the space station that has failed since late October, but SpaceX, of Hawthorne, California, has successfully launched two other supply missions to the station this year.
The rocked carried more than 1800 Kg worth of supplies, including replacement parts for the space station’s water-processing equipment, a spacesuit for use in space walks, and the first of two docking adaptors designed to allow commercial space vehicles to attach to the station. It also carried components for more than 30 student science projects and 35 experiments. They included a polymerase chain reaction machine and a small greenhouse experiment to grow cabbage for astronauts to eat, amongst others.
NASA assured that the three astronauts aboard the space station are safe and have enough supplies to last through October.