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Nasa: Falcon 9 rocket explodes two minutes after takeoff

A rocket exploded two minutes after liftoff from Florida, destroying a cargo ship bound for the International Space Station in the latest in a string of mishaps in supplying the orbiting outpost.

An unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9. Credit: Reuters
The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket explodes. Credit: Reuters
Debris falls from the skies. Credit: Reuters

An unmanned Space Exploration Technologies is 208-foot-tall (63-metre) rocket, built and flown by the company known as SpaceX that is owned by technology entrepreneur Elon Musk. It had previously made 18 successful launches since its 2010 debut.

Those included six cargo runs for Nasa under a 15-flight contract worth more than $2 billion.

Nasa: 'Vehicle experienced an anomaly on ascent'

American space agency Nasa said its SpaceX vehicle " experienced an anomaly on ascent" before breaking up.

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Nasa: SpaceX vehicle 'breaks up' in launch failure

Nasa has said that the SpaceX vehicle which due to carry space station supplies has "broken up" after "something went wrong with the launch".

'Voice of Mission Control' Jack King dies aged 84

Jack King in Mission Control for the Apollo 12 launch in November 1969. Credit: Nasa

The man known as "The Voice of Mission Control" has died aged 84, Nasa have announced.

Jack King was the Nasa public affairs spokesman who counted down the historic lift off of Apollo 11 on 16th July 1969.

Mr King died at a hospice facility following a lengthy illness, not far from Kennedy Space Centre.

He counted down hundreds of the early rocket launches and said in 2009, on the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, that he still enjoyed hearing recordings of himself from that launch day.

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Astronauts can now enjoy 'out-of-this-world' espresso

Astronauts on the International Space Station can now enjoy fresh Italian espresso, thanks to an experimental coffee machine.

Over the weekend, Italian spacefarer Samantha Cristoforetti, fired up the contraption and had the first interstellar shot of Java.

She posted a photo of herself on Twitter on Sunday, sipping from a cup designed for use in zero-gravity.

For the special occasion, she put on her Star Trek uniform top. She could not resist tweeting the phrase "to boldly brew".

The fresh brew will be seen as a welcome treat on board the space station, as its inhabitants usually have to suffer pouches of Nasa's instant coffee - drunk through a straw - for their regular caffeine fix.

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