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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

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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

See full story here

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.

Update: A second attempt to launch will be tonight (Oct.28) at 6:22pm EDT – NASA webcast here (starts at 5:30)

The Orbital Sciences Antares Rocket, carrying the Cygnus Spacecraft SS Deke Slayton, will have its first nighttime launch on Monday, Oct. 27, at 6:45 p.m. EDT from Wallops Island, VA. This should be visible for a large area of the East Coast. This Orb-3 Cygnus spacecraft is named after Deke Slayton

“The Orb-3 mission represents the fifth launch of the company’s Antares rocket in its first 18 months of operations. It will also be the fourth cargo delivery mission to the ISS by a Cygnus spacecraft, including the 2013 demonstration flight. For Orb-3, Orbital will deliver its largest load of cargo to date, carrying approximately 5,050 pounds (2,290 kilograms) of cargo to the ISS for NASA. At the conclusion of the Orb-3 mission, the company will have carried a total of 13,378 pounds (6,078 kilograms) of essential supplies, equipment and scientific experiments to the ISS and will have removed 13,444 pounds (6,097 kilograms) of disposal cargo, a vital capability for the maintenance and operation of the Station.” – Orbital Sciences

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To learn more about the Antares vehicle click here
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