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NASA Supply Rocket Explodes Russia Successfully Launched Progress 57 Supply Space Ship
Nov 01, 2014

An unmanned space station supply rocket exploded into a fireball seconds after launch from Wallops Island, Virginia on 28 October. The cause of explosion might be that there had been a vehicle anomaly.

It was not immediately clear what went wrong with the launchNASA begins investigating the cause at daybreak. The rocket started going awry six seconds into flight and the range safety officer sent a self-destruct command 14 seconds after that.

This launch was the third of eight International Space Station cargo resupply missions under NASA's $1.9 billion contract with Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles, Virginia. Orbital provides the launch vehicle and cargo spacecraft and NASA runs the range operations. The rocket and payload were worth $200 million and it's not known how much damage was done to the launch facility.

The Antares rocket was carrying 4,483 pounds of equipment to the station including 1,360 pounds of food. The rocket held a Cyngus cargo logistics spacecraft that was to have orbited above the Earth and was set to dock with the ISS on November 2. Orbital Sciences had said this was the first use of its upgraded Castor 30XL second stage motor, which enables greater lift capacity.

The U.S. rocket has more than 1,000 pounds of food, and thousands of pounds of equipment used to run science experiments on the space station. Some were student-designed experiments to examine the effects of microgravity on plant growth, and the rates of milk spoilage in space.

Russia Sucessfully Launched Progress 57 Supply Space Ship: A Russian rocket successfully launched and docked with the International Space Station on Wednesday, giving Russia a space-race victory of sorts over the United States after a U.S. cargo rocket exploded just seconds after lifting off.

Russia’s Progress 57 space ship docked at the space station shortly after 9 a.m. Wednesday, after having successfully launched from Kazakhstan early the same morning. Russia’s ship supplied the space station with about three tons of food and supplies for the crew.

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