“Space is hard,” the saying goes. It’s the default line trotted out anytime there is a rocket launch failure. On Sunday, when a SpaceX rocket exploded on the way to the International Space Station, that phrase was repeated over and over.
“Space flight’s not easy, as we’ve described before, and I think this points out the difficulty of and the challenges we face in spaceflight,” Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for NASA, said Sunday.
SpaceX, however, had been making space look easy for the last few years