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SpaceX Explosion Threatens Private Takeover of Space

An explosion Thursday in Cape Canaveral during a routine static test-fire of the nine Merlin 1D engines that power the first stage of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket is the company’s second catastrophic failure in the last two years, and puts at risk the expected private sector takeover of space flight.

Elon Musk SpaceX (Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)