Nobody was hurt when a SpaceX rocket exploded at Cape Canaveral today, so we are officially placing the video in our “when disasters are beautiful” category.
All the fire and fury wasn’t so pretty to Facebook, however. It had hoped to use the satellite to beam social networks to Africa.
The blast started near an upper-stage oxygen tank while propellant for the launch was being loaded, according to SpaceX.
About the blogger
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started the two most popular blogs in the history of MPR and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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