36.5 seconds after launch , Apollo 12 was hit by lightning. Here is a great review from the movie “Failure Is Not An Option”

First the Antares explosion and now

Virgin Galactic SpacehipTwo crashes

First Feathered Flight of SpaceShipTwo - photo credit: Virgin Galactic



According to National Geographic a NASA safety officer pushed the self-destruct button.

“The explosion happened after safety officers, watching for any of ten specified problems, such as a gross deviation from the flight path, sent a signal from the flight termination system to disable the rocket” – National Geographic

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While NASA is disappointed that Orbital Sciences’ third contracted resupply mission to the International Space Station was not successful today, we will continue to move forward toward the next attempt once we fully understand today’s mishap. The crew of the International Space Station is in no danger of running out of food or other critical supplies.

Orbital has demonstrated extraordinary capabilities in its first two missions to the station earlier this year, and we know they can replicate that success. 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.”

-From William Gerstenmaier, the Associate Administrator of NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations.


OK all of you phone/space geeks here we go. Get a great new Ringtone from NASA. Imagine “The Eagle has Landed” or how about “Houston We’ve had a problem” as your ringtone. There many great sounds located at NASA’s sound download pages including MP3s and M4Rs (iPhone).

NASA Sounds


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