SpaceX Explodes: Footage Shows The Falcon 9 Rocket Explosion En Route To International Space Station [Video]

Louis Babcock

This morning in Cape Canaveral, Florida, an unmanned SpaceX rocket exploded within three minutes of the launch. The SpaceX rocket exploded on its way to bring supplies to the International Space Station. Over the past year, three missions met with disaster on their way to the ISS.

This was the first disaster that involved a SpaceX rocket. Orbital Sciences lost a rocket headed to the ISS in October, 2014, while a Russian Progress supply ship met with disaster in April of this year.

Just over two minutes after the rocket launch, contact with the SpaceX rocket was lost. A large amount of smoke, followed by rocket debris raining from the sky, were the next sights that people saw in Florida.

Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX, commented on Twitter about the rocket explosion.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 28, 2015

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 28, 2015

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 28, 2015

"These things do happen, but this was not the best time for this to happen. The one thing you could count on over the past few years was that the Falcon 9 was going to perform and was going to perform well. In the midst of all this other chaos in the launch industry this was like, the one stable point and now we don't have that."

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden made comments on the failed mission this afternoon during a press conference.

"We are disappointed in the loss of the latest SpaceX cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. However, the astronauts are safe aboard the station and have sufficient supplies for the next several months. We will work closely with SpaceX to understand what happened, fix the problem and return to flight. The commercial cargo program was designed to accommodate loss of cargo vehicles."

Were you surprised to hear that the SpaceX rocket exploded?

[Image via the New York Times]