Unmanned Antares rocket explodes at NASA launchpad in Virginia



A private, unmanned rocket exploded shortly after taking off at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia Tuesday night.

The Antares rocket, owned by Orbital Sciences, which has a NASA contract to deliver supplies to the International Space Station

It was carrying the Cygnus aircraft, a vehicle that detaches in orbit, as well as 5,000 pounds of cargo that included science experiments, food, clothing and other equipment for the astronauts on the ISS. It was due to be parked there for a month.

There has been a vehicle anomaly. We will update as soon as we are able.

— Orbital Sciences (@OrbitalSciences) October 28, 2014 Read more…

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