Incredible New Photos Show Moment NASA Rocket Exploded On Liftoff
The rocket launched from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad at 6:22 p.m. ET. Just minutes later, it exploded, resulting in an incredible set of images released this week by NASA.
The rocket was carrying a payload that included 5,000 pounds of supplies, including about 1,300 pounds of food. No one was injured in the spectacular explosion.
As BuzzFeed News reported at the time, during a livestream of the launch, an official described the takeoff as “flawless.” However, just after the explosion, the rocket’s manufacturer, Orbital Sciences Corp., tweeted that there was a “vehicle anomaly.”
After an investigation, Orbital decided to ditch the Soviet-era built AJ-26 engines and use modified, upgraded Russian engines for a relaunch in 2016.