Rocket carrying celeb ashes fails again

August 3, 2008 10:32:45 AM PDT
The ashes of a Hollywood astronaut and a NASA astronaut were destroyed after the launch failure of a private rocket due to an appaprent fuel leak. The Falcon 1 rocket launched from the central Pacific last night. The company sending it up, Space X, says the rocket broke up two minutes after launch. Officials suspect it was caused by a fuel leak.

This is the third time a Falcon rocket launch has failed. The first one happened in March of 2006. Yesterday's rocket was carrying the ashes of more than 200 people who paid to have their remains shot into space. They include astronaut Gordon Cooper and actor James Doohan, best known as Scotty from Star Trek.

The founder of Space X, Elon Musk, posted a notice on the company's web site about the accident and future projects. Read the memo here.


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