Unmanned rocket bound for space station explodes


(CNN) — A SpaceX rocket bound for the International Space Station exploded minutes after taking off from Cape Canaveral, Florida Sunday.

The ship was unmanned, but it was carrying supplies for astronauts aboard the ISS.

Everything appeared to be going according to plan during the launch of the Falcon Nine rocket, but then, two minutes and 19 seconds later, the unmanned space ship exploded, all caught on NASA’s video feed.

The rocket was carrying two tons of supplies to the International Space Station, including 1,500 pounds of food and provisions.

This is the third recent mishap of a craft meant to service the ISS.

NASA officials say despite today’s explosion, the space station crew is well-supplied.

“From a macro level standpoint, the crew’s in no danger,” said NASA’s William Gerstenmaier. “We’re moving forward. The teams are ready to support.”

The investigation will be conducted by SpaceX, with Federal Aviation Administration oversight.

According to NASA, future flights to support the space station will go forward as planned.

SpaceX has previously conducted seven successful missions to the International Space Station. The company plans to launch its first rocket with humans onboard in 2017.

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