SpaceX Rocket bursts into flames

(NBC News) A SpaceX rocket successfully launched a satellite into orbit early Monday, but the rocket’s return landing was a rough one.

After launching the ocean-monitoring satellite, the “Jason-3,” the rocket landed on a floating barge in the Pacific Ocean, but a support leg broke and it toppled over, bursting into flame.

The explosion could be seen up close in an Instagram video posted to instagram by SpaceX founder Elon Musk.

In his post Musk wrote the root cause of the failed landing may have been ice build up caused by heavy fog during lift off.

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