Why Did The Antares Rocket Explode?

Last night, a private Orbital Sciences rocket set to deliver cargo to the International Space Station exploded seconds after liftoff. Why did this happen, and what did we lose? Trace and Amy are here to discuss.

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Private Orbital Sciences Rocket Explodes During Launch, NASA Cargo Lost
“A private Orbital Sciences-built cargo launch to the International Space Station ended in a fiery explosion just seconds after liftoff Tuesday night (Oct. 28).”

CRS-3’s Cargo
“NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility and Virginia’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport are set to support the launch of Orbital Sciences’ Antares rocket and Cygnus spacecraft at 6:22 p.m. EDT today, Oct. 28. Launch coverage on NASA TV will begin at 5:30 p.m.”

Orbital Sciences ISS mission explodes during launch
“An Antares rocket carrying supplies to the International Space Station on an Orbital Sciences mission exploded during launch at the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on Tuesday evening.”

NASA Statement Regarding Oct. 28 Orbital Sciences Corp. Launch Mishap
“The following statement is from William Gerstenmaier, Associate Administrator of NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Directorate, regarding the mishap that occurred at Pad 0A of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia during the attempted launch of Orbital Sciences Corp’s Antares rocket and Cygnus cargo spacecraft at 6:22 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28.”

Antares Rocket Explodes Moments After Liftoff
“An Orbital Sciences Corp Antares rocket exploded seconds after liftoff from the Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia Tuesday, destroying a Cygnus spacecraft carrying 5,000 pounds of cargo for the International Space Station.”

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