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Major SpaceX explosion just destroyed Facebook’s first satellite..

Brand Voice:  A major explosion during a SpaceX prelaunch test Thursday destroyed Facebook’s first satellite.

The satellite, AMOS-6, was a project of Facebook’s Internet.org program to deliver internet to the developing world. It was intended to ride a SpaceX Falcon 9 into orbit this Saturday, and would have been the first satellite the internet giant put in orbit, Business Insider reported.

It was valued at approximately $200 million, according to Spaceflight Now.

Mark Zuckerberg has released a statement on the incident:
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AMOS-6 would have provided internet coverage to sub-Saharan Africa.

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