Frustrated Space Efforts

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Elon Musk’s SpaceX launched an unmanned rocket on Friday that blew-up moments after takeoff. It was just one rocket-related mishap to occur in the past few days. Over the weekend, the European Space Agency tried to put two global positioning satellites into orbit. They didn’t blow up, but they did end up in the wrong orbit. And this morning, the US Army tested its new Advanced Hypersonic Weapon, which exploded four seconds after launch.

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Photo Credit: SpaceX

Credits

Guest:
Jonathan McDowell - Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics - @planet4589

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Andrew Walsh, Christian Bordal, Matt Holzman, Jolie Myers, Anna Scott