Transcript for Space Station Supply Rocket Explodes on Launch
It was all over in a matter of seconds a rock en route to the International Space Station blew up just after lift off now NASA. The private company that owns a rocket will tie to figure out what went wrong. Here's ABC's Josh Haskell. Just seconds into liftoff the NT carries rocket stops heading towards space and explode. The rocket was on its way to the International Space Station for a re supply mission. Its cargo weighed 5000. Pounds. And included experiments. Food spacewalk equipment. And classified the kuril. All lost in this fire her. Families have gathered to watch the first nighttime launch at NASA's wall of flight facility in Virginia. And although they were in a safe area the new always did impact of the explosion. Could be felt miles way. The rocket belongs to Orbital Sciences Corp. based in Virginia this was the third of eight resupply missions. To the International Space Station part of a one point nine billion dollar contract orbital has with NASA. It's a tough times lose launch vehicle like this and it's payload investigators went to the launch pad at first light this morning. Because of hazardous material on board the public is war to stay away from the debris field. Including anything suspicious that washes up on shore. Something went wrong and we will find out what that is will determine the root cause will come back and fly here wallets again. NASA and Orbital Sciences say it's too early to speculate on what caused the explosion. Orbital Sciences a public company saw its stock drop more than 14%. Following the failed launch Josh Haskell ABC news New York.
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