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Unmanned US rocket Antares explodes during launch!

When I knew this bad news from the BBC NEWS this morning,I couldn’t believe my eyes!

What happened with Antares? Antares had a mission of carrying supplies to 6 astronauts aboard the International Space Station.Are they OK from now on?

Here’s a summary of the BBC NEWS;Antares,a 14-storey rocket built by Orbital Sciences Corp, exploded seconds after leaving the seaside launch pad at Wallops Flight Facility in the US state of Virginia.;the flight was expected to be the third contracted mission with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.;the rocket was due to carry nearly 5,000 pounds(2,200kgs)of supplies to the International Space Station.;no-one was injured and an investigation team was already going through the data to try to establish the cause.

The executive vice-president of Orbital Sciences says;
“We will understand what happened, hopefully soon, and we’ll get things back on track.We’ve all seen this happen in our business before,and we’ve all seen the teams recover from this, and we will do the same.”

He also told that an investigation team was already going through the data to try to establish the cause and that the examination of debris around the site would begin.

Fortunately,according to Jonathan Amos,the BBC science correspondent,”The cargo ship that was on top of the Antares is one of a fleet of vehicles that are used to carry supplies for the astronauts.These other robotic vessels,launched atop other rockets, will now have to pick up the slack.So there should be no immediate threat to supplies for astronauts on the space station.”

This comment made me feel at ease.But still I wonder why it happened? More than a decade we didn’t meet an accident of space ships in the US.

I hate to say this,but as Jonathan Amos says,it can be the result of NASA’s efforts for developing a low-cost,commercial follow-on to fill the cargo gap left by the retired space shuttles.


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