Unmanned SpaceX Rocket Explodes On Launch Pad | 22 Words

Aviation and the studies of out outer-space have come in leaps and bounds over the last few decades.

It's safe to say that the people at NASA are most certainly the people who know what they're talking about when it comes to all things outer space. And now, after a historic collaboration with SpaceX, the pair have been planning to send astronauts to space.

The original launch was postponed due to bad weather - and now disaster appears to have struck.

What there is beyond our planet is a mystery...

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But because of the developments in astronomy over the last few decades, a lot has been discovered about our solar system and what there is outside of Planet Earth.

It all started in 1961.

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Soviet Air Forces pilot Yuri Gargarin was the first human to journey into space after completing one orbit of Earth in his capsule Vostok 1.

Yuri became a national hero...

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But 7 years later, Yuri and his flight instructor Vladimir Seryogin were piloting a plane when it crashed in bad weather and killed them both - he was only thirty-four-years-old. Yuri's legacy still lives on to this day - his ashes were interred into the Kremlin wall that is ritually visited by space flight crews prior to their departure for Baikonur.

More and more astronauts began venturing further into space...

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Following Yuri's footsteps, 7 American astronauts completed the Mercury Project in which John Glenn was officially the first American to orbit Earth.

NASA is the go-to space organization...

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Founded in 1958, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration is responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research.

The people at NASA created the International Space Station...

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The space station (ISS) is an outer-space office for astronauts all around the world to use for science and research on behalf of NASA.

NASA orchestrates "spacewalks" every year...

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Any time an astronaut gets out of a vehicle while in space, it is called a spacewalk. A spacewalk is also called an EVA, which stands for extravehicular activity.

The first spacewalk was orchestrated in 1965.

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The first-ever person to go on a spacewalk was Alexei Leonov, who was from Russia. The first spacewalk was on March 18, 1965, and it was 10 minutes long. Whilst the first American to go on a spacewalk was Ed White. His spacewalk was on June 3, 1965, during the Gemini 4 mission which lasted twenty-three-minutes.

But since SpaceX has come on the scene, we have had an iconic collaboration.

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The two giant space organizations have decided to launch their first-ever spacecraft equipped with its own crew, so it can launch into space.

The journey started in Cape Canaveral in Florida.

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The mission is carrying NASA astronauts, Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to the International Space Station as part of their Crew Dragon human spacecraft development program.

The launch was set for earlier this week.

But there was always one thing that could halt the mission altogether.

The weather.

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This led to the original launch being postponed.

BBC News' science correspondent, Johnathan Amos, previously gave this warning:

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"SpaceX and Nasa also need to listen to what the meteorologists are telling them about the conditions along the flight line in the event that the Dragon has to abort its ascent. If something goes wrong with its rocket, the capsule will need to splashdown somewhere along a swathe of ocean that stretches all the way up the eastern seaboard of the US and reaches across to the British Isles."

He continued:

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"SpaceX has designated certain zones where the crew would ditch, and each one has to have benign wave and wind conditions. If any of these zones step outside the permitted criteria, the launch will not proceed… even if it’s a beautiful day back in Florida. And just to add to the complication, a tropical storm has formed off South Carolina."

The date has been rescheduled.

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This mission is set to make history as it will be the first-ever crewed spaceflight for Elon Musk's SpaceX, and it will also be the first U.S.-based human rocket launch since the end of the Space Shuttle program back in 2011.

NASA decided to collaborate with SpaceX so they could design the spacecraft.

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SpaceX, along with Boeing, designed and also developed the shape, size and capabilities of the spacecraft which will hold both the astronauts.

So why is this launch so important?

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Well, this is the final mission (of The Demo-2) and will help determine if the Falcon 9, "the rocket that carries it to orbit", will be certified for regular use by NASA.

Along with this mission, SpaceX has its own future plans...

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Elon Musk's company plans to offer assistance to private citizens, commercial scientists, and other passengers so they can go into space and witness what it's like out of just the Earth's atmosphere.

But now it seems disaster has struck.

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One of the SpaceX rockets exploded into a huge ball of fire while on the launchpad earlier today according to TMZ.

Luckily, it was unmanned and no one was hurt.

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SpaceX founder Elon Musk is no stranger to a setback, though. Scroll on to learn about his rise to fame ...