A Orbital Sciences Corp’s Antares rocket and Cygnus cargo spacecraft exploded Tuesday during launch.
NASA suffered a setback as rocket bringing a shuttle for the ISS into space exploded. Orbital Sciences Corp’s Antares rocket and Cygnus cargo spacecraft have been scheduled 6:22 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28 for take off. Soon after launch the rocket exploded in a big fireball. Watch the rocket explode below. NASA broadcasted the explosion live.
NASA says about the "mishap" : “While NASA is disappointed that Orbital Sciences' third contracted resupply mission to the International Space Station was not successful today, we will continue to move forward toward the next attempt once we fully understand today's mishap. The crew of the International Space Station is in no danger of running out of food or other critical supplies. Orbital has demonstrated extraordinary capabilities in its first two missions to the station earlier this year, and we know they can replicate that success. Launching rockets is an incredibly difficult undertaking, and we learn from each success and each setback. Today's launch attempt will not deter us from our work to expand our already successful capability to launch cargo from American shores to the International Space Station.”
Watch below the press-conference NASA held after the explosion.
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This mishap, as NASA calls it, reminds us that Space exploration is cutting edge and dangerous. NASA is going to have manned shuttles again and the cost of a mishap is going to be dramatically higher again as people's lives are at stake.