A NASA rocket didn’t get far from takeoff before it exploded and crashed back to earth early on Tuesday evening.
See the NASA TV broadcast video via Reuters above.
“Launching rockets is an incredibly difficult undertaking, and we learn from each success and each setback. Today’s launch attempt will not deter us from our work to expand our already successful capability to launch cargo from American shores to the International Space Station,” said William Gerstenmaier, Associate Administrator of NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Directorate in a statement.
Thankfully the launch from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia was unmanned.
There have also been no reports of casualties on the ground.
The rocket (the Antares rocket and Cygnus cargo spacecraft) was on a resupply mission to the International Space Station.
NASA says the crew of the International Space Station are not in danger of running out of food or other critical supplies.