Launch failure occurs at Virginia spaceport
Thursday, October 30, 2014
The failure occurred when International Space Station (ISS). Despite the explosion, the working on the ISS will not run out of food or supplies, according to a NASA statement released on Tuesday.'s rocket, which was carrying the vehicle with cargo of 5,000 (about 2,300 ), exploded after liftoff at 6:22 p.m. (2222 ), creating a massive fireball in the sky. Nobody was reported injured during the explosion, but the rocket was destroyed. The cargo was supplies for the
Orbital's vice president Frank Culbertson said the contractor's spacecraft will not fly until the cause of the failure is determined. NASA plans to continue the mission of delivering supplies to astronauts once it fully understands how this happened.
The rocket was to launch on Monday night, but a boat entered the hazard area, delaying the launch until the following night.
The cause of the explosion is under investigation by NASA and Orbital Sciences. NASA said the National Transportation Safety Board is monitoring the investigation.
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