Wednesday, October 29, 2014

NASA rocket explodes on take off (video)

(NASA/KP) NASA Antares rocket failure (crash) during take off, Oct. 28, 2014.

Unmanned NASA rocket explodes on launch
An unmanned NASA rocket [spaceship, vimana] has exploded seconds after lift-off from a commercial launch pad in the US state of Virginia.

The Antares rocket launched on Tuesday was on a mission to supply the International Space Station when it exploded and crashed back to earth, a NASA TV broadcast showed.

The 14-storey rocket, built and launched by [the private firm] Orbital Sciences Corp, bolted off its seaside launch pad at the Wallops Flight Facility. It exploded seconds later.

(CNN/YHN) Crowd watching NASA Antares rocket exploding, crashing. It was also filmed from the air by someone in a small Cessna plane.

All that food, all those supplies, gone!
The cause of the accident was not immediately known, said NASA mission commentator Dan Huot. NASA said there were no injuries.

"This has been a lot of hard work to get to this point," Orbital Sciences Executive Vice President Frank Culbertson told the launch team just before liftoff. 

(Ed Sealing) Orbital Sciences explosion at Wallops as seen from Cessna flying at 3,000 ft.

The Launch had been delayed one day after a boat sailed into a restricted safety zone beneath the rocket's intended flight path.

Virginia-based Orbital Sciences is one of two companies hired by NASA to fly cargo to the station after the space shuttles were retired. Tuesday's planned flight was to be the third of eight under the company's $1.9 billion contract with NASA

(RuptlyTV) We're disappointed in our failure...and sorry to the ISS.

Antares carried a Cygnus spacecraft packed with 5,055 pounds (2,293 kg) of supplies, science experiments, and equipment, a 15 percent increase over previous missions. More

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