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NASA's Morpheus spacecraft explodes on test flight

An experimental, "green" NASA lander crashed during its first
free-flight test today (Aug. 9), erupting in a ball of flame when it hit
the ground.

The unmanned Morpheus lander, which could one day
deliver payloads to the moon or other solar system bodies, barely got
off the pad around 12:40 p.m. EDT (1640 GMT) at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida before toppling over and exploding.

"During today's free-flight test of the Project Morpheus vehicle, it
lifted off the ground and then experienced a hardware component failure,
which prevented it from maintaining stable flight," NASA officials said
in a statement. "No one was injured, and the resulting fire was
extinguished by KSC fire personnel."

"Engineers are looking into the incident, and the agency will release information as it becomes available," the statement added.

The Morpheus lander is powered by liquid oxygen a

Added: Aug-10-2012 Occurred On: Aug-9-2012
By: SplitAtomsSoul
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Tags: NASA, Morpheus, Experimental, Spacecraft Explodes,
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