Image: Burnt remains of SpaceX Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Credit: Matthew Travis for Discovery News.
The first public look at SpaceX's damaged launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida shows a scorched-looking tower bent at the top and blackened by flames, pictures taken on Wednesday show.
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A sudden, fast-moving fire enveloped a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket as it was being fueled for a routine prelaunch test last Thursday. Video shows a huge outburst of flame within one-60th of a second from the rocket's upper-stage engine. The fire and subsequent explosions destroyed the $62 million rocket and an Israeli telecommunications satellite, worth $200 million, which had been part of Facebook's plan to spread Internet access to Africa.
The cause of the accident, the second for Musk's space company in 14 months, is under investigation.
SpaceX so far has not released any images of Launch Complex 40, which it leases from the Air Force, nor provided details about the extent of the damage.
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The company last week said it could shift Florida launches to an almost-finished second pad at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, located directly north of the Air Force base.
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