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SpaceX Rocket Explodes On Launch Pad

A SpaceX rocket scheduled to take an Israeli satellite to space this weekend has hit a bit of a snag.

And by a bit of a snag, I mean it exploded.

The satellite on board the rocket was going to be leased to Facebook to provide internet access to sub-Saharan Africa. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, is currently in Africa and was "deeply disappointed" by the failure.

"As I'm here in Africa, I'm deeply disappointed to hear that SpaceX's launch failure destroyed our satellite that would have provided connectivity to so many entrepreneurs and everyone else across the continent," he wrote.

No one was hurt in the explosion, which is believed to have "originated around the upper stage oxygen tank and occurred during propellant loading of the vehicle", according to SpaceX.

There's a video showing the multiple explosions that happened in the rocket. It almost looks fake, honestly. The flames are mesmerizing. Check it out.


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