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  1. Elon Musk and SpaceX Finally Know Why the Falcon 9 Rocket Exploded

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    A few months ago, in September, one of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets exploded on the launch pad, which CEO Elon Musk called the company’s “most difficult and complex failure.”

    After much investigation, Musk and SpaceX have finally figured out what happened in what Musk called a “surprising problem that’s never been encountered before in the history of rocketry.”

    “It basically involves liquid helium, advanced carbon fiber composites, and solid oxygen. Oxygen so cold that it actually enters solid phase,” Musk told CNBC on Friday.

    While SpaceX didn’t really expand on the issue, the agency confirmed its engineers were able to replicate the ruptured helium tank so it appears they’ll keep exactly what happened in-house for the time being.

    At the moment, SpaceX plans to resume Falcon 9 launches before the end of December and now has more insight as to how to load helium more cautiously in order to avoid a similar explosion in the future.

  2. Watch SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Rocket Explode Just Minutes After Liftoff

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    This past weekend, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket exploded just minutes after its launch from Cape Canaveral, ending hopes of the first successful landing of a reusable rocket for the time being.

    It marked the first time the Falcon 9 has ever failed, following 18 successful missions.

    While the rocket was on a resupply mission to deliver cargo to the International Space Station, there is no immediate threat to the astronauts aboard the ISS as they are reportedly stocked through September with supplies.

    Elon Musk tweeted out this explanation for the explosion:


    SpaceX plans on conducting a thorough analysis to determine what led to the rocket’s liquid oxygen tank rupture.