NASA failed to follow its general policies and opened the door to “questions about inherent conflicts of interest” by allowing Space Exploration Technologies Corp. to lead the main investigation into a failed 2015 rocket launch by the company, according to the agency’s inspector general.

A report issued Tuesday by Paul Martin, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s internal watchdog, faults agency officials for permitting SpaceX, as the company is called, to run the central probe into the explosion of its Falcon 9 rocket two minutes after liftoff in June 2015.

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