January 19 2020 12:09pm

SpaceX conducts escape test upon launch, purposely destroying Falcon 9 rocket

SpaceX deliberately destroyed a Falcon 9 booster on Sunday in a spectacular high-altitude conflagration, moments after an un-piloted Crew Dragon astronaut ferry ship shot away in a critical test of its emergency escape system, propelled to safety with a rush of fiery exhaust from eight powerful abort engines.

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