Report: NASA knew aging engines posed risks before Wallops Island explosion

Posted at 3:27 PM, Jan 05, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-05 15:27:17-05

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. -- A new report states that NASA knew something like the massive explosion at the agency's Wallops Island facility last year was going to happen.

The Los Angeles Times reports NASA knew the metal in the 50-year-old Soviet-made engines on this rocket could crack, causing fuel to leak and ignite.

The newspaper reports government documents show a NASA committee issued a warning about the risk years ago.

The launch pad was severely damaged late October during the failed Antares rocket launch, but no one was hurt.

Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine have requested millions in federal funds to help in the rebuilding effort.