Livestream captures explosion of unmanned rocket bound for International Space Station

No one was harmed in the explosion.

Mar 1, 2020, 6:27 pm*

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Rae Votta

An unmanned cargo craft on a mission to the International Space Station exploded shortly after launch Tuesday evening. The launch and subsequent explosion of the rocket were caputured on livestream on NASA’s website. 

Antares, a rocket owned by NASA contractor Orbital Sciences, exploded at 6:22 pm EST. The craft would have delivered supplies and experiments to the space station. NASA confirmed shortly after the explosion that all personnel are accounted for and there were no injuries reported. The spacecraft was carrying classified crypto equipment, however, so the area around the crash has been secured, according to NASA.

Orbital Sciences is a private, Virginia-based organization contracted by NASA to make supply deliveries to the International Space Station. This would have been the third such delivery.

Several users on Vine captured the explosion. Meanwhile, the stream is still active, providing updated information from mission control.

It wasn’t long before members of the scientific community responded. 

Screengrab via NASA Livestream.

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*First Published: Oct 27, 2014, 8:00 pm