Talk about going out with a bang…
A SpaceX rocket exploded at its Cape Canaveral launch pad Thursday morning, engulfing the entire rocket in flames. The rocket was set for launch this Saturday, carrying a satellite to be used by Facebook to bring internet access to Africa, Southwest Asia, and Europe.
Thankfully, SpaceX said no one was hurt from the explosion, and CEO Elon Musk tweeted the blast happened while the rocket was being fueled. It isn’t known yet what caused the rocket to explode.
Facebook is partnered with Eutelsat Communications, a French satellite firm. The satellite, called Amos 6, was owned by Israeli company Spacecom. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg expressed his disappointment via Facebook post while en route to Africa.