The science we lost when the Antares rocket exploded

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More than 1,600 pounds of scientific equipment and experiments were destroyed when a NASA-contracted rocket exploded just six seconds after takeoff from Virginia on Tuesday evening

The Antares rocket was carrying a Cygnus spacecraft that was packed with 5,000 pounds of supplies for the International Space Station. One-third of that load was dedicated to an exceptional scientific payload that included student experiments, a human health study and equipment that would have been used to study meteors

“We lost quite a bit of research hardware,” said space station manager Mike Suffredini. He added that NASA would find another opportunity for the researchers and scientists to fly their experiments to the space station at a later date. “All these things can be replaced and will be over time.” Read more…

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