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SpaceX aborts launch for Sunday

SpaceX rocket launch for Sunday evening has been scrubbed.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN WHY. About the impending launch:

SpaceX's main mission for this launch is to transport the SES-9 communications satellite into orbit over Asia.

However, the more dramatic, secondary goal will be what happens about 10 minutes after lift-off.

That's when the rocket's first stage will turn around and use GPS tracking to guide itself onto SpaceX's floating ocean platform called "Of Course I Still Love You."

The platform will be floating about 400 miles off Florida's coast.

If SpaceX succeeds, it will be the first successful rocket landing on board an ocean platform in history.

This will be SpaceX fourth attempt at such a landing, and while the company has stated that it has


Here's how a boat wrecked SpaceX's chances for a historic rocket launch

Sunday evening was scheduled to be SpaceX's third attempt at its second launch of the year. However, a series of unexpected set backs, which began with a boat, ultimately led to an abort for the evening.

It was definitely a close call. The countdown clock actually reached T-00:00:00 and the rocket looked like it was about to lift off at 7:21 p.m. ET, when all of the sudden the computer in control of the rocket shut the engines down.

Here's what the abort at the very last second looked like — you can actually see the engines begin to fire:

Despite Sunday evening's scrub, SpaceX reported that its Falcon 9 rocket is still healthy.

Why the launch was aborted

The problem began around 6:45 p.m. ET when a boat strayed too close into the danger zone. The launch was temporarily held to give the boater time to vacate, and SpaceX was still expecting lift off, albeit a little later than scheduled.


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2. Senior ministers called on Sunday for a truce in a heated debate on Britain's membership of the European Union, saying the ruling Conservative Party must be civil if it wants to stay in power. The party is split over whether Britain should vote to stay in the EU at a referendum on June 23

3.


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2. SpaceX abandoned its latest launch at the very last second on Sunday. The countdown clock reached T-00:00:00 but a fuel problem meant that the launch was abandoned.

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4.


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In this case, Snapchat says the malicious email claimed to come from CEO Evan Spiegel, and someone in Snapchat's payroll department fell for it.


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Regardless, we'd been waiting on the Model X, whose introduction had been delayed for years, with a lot of expectations. Business Insider was on the ground in Fremont, CA when the cover was pulled off, and we were pretty impressed, even though we only got a few minutes behind the wheel after Musk presented the crossover. 

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Facebook is a mobile-ads machine.

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But the ads that Facebook makes money from don't just appear on Facebook (or Instagram, and perhaps, soon, its Messenger chat app).

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The city is trying to repay more than $6.1 million collected in excess on 200,000 tickets collected during a 17-year period from January 1, 1995, and June 30, 2012. Some people sent in more than the amount due, while others paid twice, a spokesperson told The Register, which first spotted Jobs' name on the list

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