Photos show rocket exploding over Eastern Shore moments after takeoff

Posted at 7:43 PM, Nov 04, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-04 19:44:49-05

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. -- About a year after an unmanned NASA-contracted rocket exploded seconds after taking off from the Wallops Flight Facility along Virginia's Eastern Shore, newly-released photos from the space agency show the massive fireball.

According to NASA, the Orbital Sciences Corp.'s Antares rocket and Cygnus cargo spacecraft was carrying some 5,000 pounds of supplies and experiments to the International Space Station when it exploded six seconds after take off on Oct. 28, 2014.

The photos, which provide new insight on the mishap, were posted to NASA's Flickr account.

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