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    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) emergency operations center at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida is monitoring both the situation and the air quality as a result of the SpaceX rocket Falcon 9's explosion on Thursday morning.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket exploded on the launch pad at their facility at Cape Canaveral in the US state of Florida.

    "NASA: Kennedy Space Center Emergency Operations Center monitoring situation and standing by to assist if required; air being monitored," NBC News reported.

    SpaceX was conducting a test firing of its unmanned rocket when the blast occurred Thursday morning.
    Falcon 9 was scheduled to take off on Saturday to deliver Facebook's first satellite into orbit.


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