SpaceX updates: Elon Musk calls the sudden ball of fire ‘not an explosion’

What we know:

  • Elon Musk’s SpaceX was fueling its unmanned rocket when the blast occurred Thursday morning.
  • The company was preparing for a test firing, considered routine, in advance of a planned Saturday launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
  • The explosion destroyed the rocket and its payload: an Israeli satellite meant to be used in Facebook’s effort to provide Internet service to poorly connected areas.

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