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June 16, 2016
SpaceX launches satellites but fails to recover rocket
Washington (AFP) June 15, 2016
SpaceX successfully launched two satellites into orbit on Wednesday, but failed in an attempt to land the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket undamaged on a barge in the Atlantic. The rocket apparently malfunctioned some 330 feet (70 meters) off the ground and was in flames when it reached the platform on the powered barge - known as a drone ship - live images via a SpaceX webcast showed. SpaceX chief Elon Musk later confirmed the failure on Twitter. "Ascent phase & satellites look good, bu ... read more

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