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California schools lose experiments in SpaceX rocket failure

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft breaks apart shortly after liftoff at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Sunday, June 28. Two dozen student experiments, including three from California schools, were lost.
The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft breaks apart shortly after liftoff at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Sunday, June 28. Two dozen student experiments, including three from California schools, were lost.
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Students from three California schools have lost their science experiments after a SpaceX rocket carrying supplies to the International Space Station disintegrated.

The unmanned rocket broke apart shortly after liftoff Sunday from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Two dozen student experiments, including three from California schools, were lost. The projects were from eighth-graders at Lincoln Middle School in Santa Monica, and seniors at Petaluma High School and Damien High School in La Verne.

The experiments were part of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program.

Program director Jeff Goldstein says another round of experiments won't be launched until 2016.

The cause of the rocket failure is under investigation.