Saturday, August 11, 2012

NASA Test Spacecraft Explodes in Fiery Crash at Cape Canaveral


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NASA Test Spacecraft Explodes in Fiery Crash at Cape Canaveral

By Seth Borenstein
AP Science Writer
www.csmonitor.com

     Earlier this week NASA safely landed a robotic rover on Mars about 150 million miles away. But on Thursday here on Earth, a test model planetary lander crashed and burned at Kennedy Space Center in Florida just seconds after liftoff.

The spider-like spacecraft called Morpheus was on a test flight at Cape Canaveral when it tilted, crashed to the ground and erupted in flames. It got only a few feet up in the air, NASA said.

NASA spokeswoman Lisa Malone said it appears that the methane-and-liquid oxygen powered lander is a total loss. Nobody was hurt in the unmanned experiment and the flames were put out, she said. . . .
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