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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".

Professor: Philae lander news like being a new mother

Professor Monica Grady has likened the news the Philae lander is awake to a combination of winning the lottery, being a new mother and her wedding day.

The Open University professor, who worked on the project, said: "This is really, really, tremendous news. I cant get across how excited and happy I am."

"We've been waiting since November for this to happen. My reaction when I received the news was is it true? I was trembling."

She said the team would now have to wait for the lander to warm up before continuing with their experiments.

Rosetta mission calls Philae's awakening 'incredible news'

The European Space Agency's Rosetta mission has called the awakening of its Philae lander "incredible news":

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Professor says she's 'in tears again' at Philae news

The professor who cried with excitement on finding out Philae had successfully landed on a comet has said she is "in tears again" after it woke up.

Professor Monica Grady of the Open University, who worked on the project, wrote on Twitter:

European Space Agency confirms Philae transmissions

The European Space Agency has confirmed it is receiving transmissions from the Philae lander for the first time since it "fell asleep" on Comet 67P.

Philae comet lander 'wakes up from hibernation'

Philae before it touched down on the comet. Credit: ESA

The Philae lander which lost power after making its historic landing on a comet has finally woken up and contacted the European Space Agency.

The comet probe had been "asleep" since November after its batteries ran out and scientists were unable to recharge it as Philae lay in the shadow of a crater wall.

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