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Last Update on June 29, 2015 07:07 GMT


UNDATED (AP) -- Three high school students were going to get the science lesson of a lifetime by flying their experiment in space. Instead they got a life lesson about loss, but more importantly about determination.

The students from North Charleston, South Carolina, had come up with an intricate electronics circuitry experiment. It was supposed to fly last October to the International Space Station on an Antares rocket from Wallops Island, Virginia.

But it blew up as they watched from so close by.

On Sunday, their chance to re-fly their experiment soared high into the air, but the Falcon 9 rocket broke apart more than two minutes into space above Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Rachel Lindbergh, Gabe Voigt and Joe Garvey say two rocket failures in a row won't stop them. They'll launch again.


TOKYO (AP) -- A solar-powered plane attempting to circumnavigate the globe without fuel has taken off from Japan after an unscheduled, month-long stop.

The Solar Impulse 2 departed around 3 a.m. Monday from an airport in Nagoya in central Japan.

The plane with one pilot is attempting a 120-hour flight to Hawaii, the longest leg of its journey so far.

It originally left Nanjing, China, for Hawaii, but diverted to Japan on June 1 because of unfavorable weather ahead.

The Solar Impulse team has been waiting for the right weather conditions to depart.

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