NASA Antares Rocket Explodes Six Seconds After Liftoff
An unmanned rocket meant to ferry supplies to the International Space Station exploded just after lifting off Tuesday.
The Antares rocket exploded six seconds after ignition at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport in Wallops, Virginia. A video of the incident shows the craft losing momentum, then exploding in mid-air as it fell back to Earth. Fortunately, no injuries have been reported.
The Antares was carrying a Cygnus spacecraft filled with expensive scientific instruments, tools, and provisions, and was expected to orbit the earth until the ISS could use a robotic arm to intercept it on November 2. The craft would then have been loaded with garbage from the ISS meant to burn up upon reentry into Earth’s atmosphere.
NASA officials continue to investigate what went wrong. The same rocket was successfully launched in April of 2013.