The rocket was made by Orbital Sciences, which was contracted by NASA to ship supplies up to the International Space Station.
On Twitter, Orbital said there had been a “vehicle anomaly.”
A live feed provided by NASA showed the Antares rocket taking off and then a few seconds later, a fiery descent, culminating in an enormous explosion.
If you remember, after NASA ended its space shuttle program it signed a deal with two private companies to resupply the International Space Station. Per Space.com, Orbital Sciences has a $1.9 billion contract with NASA for eight cargo missions through 2016. SpaceX has a 12-mission, $1.6 billion deal with NASA.
Antares made its first successful flight in April 2013. The mission today was supposed to be Antares’ third commercial resupply mission to the ISS.
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