NASA Rocket Antares Explodes Seconds After Launch — SHOCKING VIDEO
A NASA rocket exploded in Virginia on Tuesday, just seconds after it was launched. The shocking explosion of the Antares was all caught on camera by both NASA’s feeds and media outlets covering the launch.
At approximately 6:22 p.m. Eastern Time, the Antares was to be sent off from the Wallops Flight Facility, on the coast of Virginia. Just after takeoff, however, the rocket exploded into an enormous fireball and then dropped back to Earth, causing more flames to shoot out when it made contact with the ground. A NASA spokesperson says, “Mission control is trying to assess what went wrong.”
Thankfully, the rocket was unmanned. The explosion, however, is said to have caused significant damage to nearby property and vehicles. According to a tweet from the verified NASA Twitter account, the explosion took place exactly six seconds after the rocket was launched.
The Antares, from Orbital Science Corporation, was filled with 5,000 pounds supplies to be taken to the International Space Station, as well as some scientific research. Prior to liftoff, NASA had there was “no technical concerns with the rocket or spacecraft being worked,” and that weather conditions were “favorable.”
On its website, NASA initially stated, “A mishap occurred shortly after liftoff.” An update now reads, “The Orbital Sciences Corp.’s Antares rocket lifted off to start its third resupply mission to the International Space Station, but suffered a catastrophic anomaly shortly after liftoff at 6:22 p.m. EDT. The Orbital Sciences team is executing its contingency procedures, securing the site and data, including all telemetry from the Antares launch vehicle and Cygnus spacecraft. Before launch the Orbital team was not tracking any issues. No injuries have been reported, and Orbital reports that all personnel around the Wallops Flight Facility launch site have been accounted for.” At a press conference held later on Tuesday night, it was said the explosion is a loss of $200 million worth of materials. Note: Video no longer available.