NASA launch of Antares ends in smoke and flames: rocket explodes after liftoff

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NASA’s launch of an Orbital Sciences Corp. Antares rocket and Cygnus resupply spacecraft for the International Space Station today ended abruptly when the rocket exploded in smoke and flames shortly after liftoff. This was to be Orbital’s third resupply mission to the ISS. Such an incident is referred to in NASA parlance as a “Catastrophic Anomaly.” An Accident Investigation Board (AIB) is being assembled to review the mishap.
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