SpaceX rocket explodes shortly after lift off

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A SpaceX rocket carrying supplies to the International Space Station has exploded shortly after lift-off.

According to NASA, the Falcon 9 rocket craft exploded only a few minutes after taking off from Cape Canaveral in Florida, and debris could be seen falling into the Atlantic Ocean.

It took off as scheduled at 10.21 a.m ET, but became ‘lost’ within minutes.

NASA commentator George Diller said ‘the vehicle has broken up’, but it is not clear how the disaster occurred.

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

It is the second failed attempt at docking with the ISS this year – after a Russian cargo ship span out of control in April.

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