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Monday, October 8, 2012

SpaceX Update on Engine Anomaly on Falcon 9 Launch

SpaceX Confirms Falcon 9 Engine 'Anomaly' During ISS Launch

     The private space contractor said the engine in question did not explode, as Ars Technica speculated. The tech site pointed to slowed-down video of the launch (below) that showed what looked to be material breaking off of the rocket after a visible flare-up. But in its statement, SpaceX attributed the debris to "panels designed to relieve pressure within the engine bay [that] were ejected to protect the stage and other engines."