Space Can Be Unforgiving


After a string of successes, SpaceX encountered a setback with the failure of SpaceX CRS-7 mission yesterday. For cargo services to the International Space Station, it has been a somewhat unlucky string of missions. First, the Orbital Sciences Corporation Orb-3 cargo mission failed in October 2014, followed by the Russian Progress M-27M in April 2015. This makes three in the last year.

Regarding the SpaceX CRS-7 mission, here are a few links that cover the failure:

  • Marcia Smith of the excellent provides a write-up on the preliminary cause of the CRS-7 failure.
  • Here is NPR ‘s coverage of the failure.
  • Lastly, here is’s detailed write-up on the failure.
Space Can Be Unforgiving