SpaceX will destroy its own rocket to test safety for astronauts

To prove that it can successfully transport humans into space, SpaceX will first destroy one of its Falcon 9 rockets in a launch from Florida this weekend.

An abort test that represents one of the final steps before the company can launch astronauts to the International Space Station — and, eventually, beyond — is scheduled for Saturday from Kennedy Space Center. A four-hour window for launch will open at 8 a.m., with the same times on Sunday and Monday serving as backup dates. It said weather forecasts for Saturday morning indicate it likely wouldn’t be able to complete the test until the back-half of the four-hour window. Read more here.