Transcript for Catastrophic Failure: $200 Million Rocket Explodes
The fallout and the questions after that staggering explosion the rocket arm that NASA mission blowing up just seconds after take off. The newest images of the explosion captured by a man watching not far from the launch pad and Wallace island there in Virginia. The fire so massive that blinding white light their camera. And end this view coming in of the aftermath that's the launch pad right there are also on fire in the moments after the explosion. NASA hired this company 200 million dollars for this launch to deliver supplies to the International Space Station tonight what we've learned about the engines in that rocket. Made by the Soviets in the 1960s. ABC's David Corley leading us off. A night time launch. You want. Thousands gathered. To watch a spectacular flight is in Torre's rocket roars toward the space station. But just eleven seconds it simply goes terribly wrong the fourteen story rock it starts falling back to earth the bottom falling apart. At the 22 mark. The safety launch officer presses the self destruct button. To ensure the rocket doesn't fly off causing even more harm the. And Christine Christine did I stay here on tolls. Take a look from another angle the blinding white light of the blast the shock of spectators. And from 3000 feet in the air the scene captured by a passenger in a small plane. In space. The astronauts on the station. Watching the TV feed of their supplies being destroyed we're very grateful it appears in no one was injured a 200 million dollar loss of rocketing cargo including science experiments by students from around the country. Today the first fly over the debris of the rocket and all the damage to the pad. Orbital Sciences built the rocket and has been criticized by some for using old refurbished Soviet engines designed and built in the late sixties and early seventies. Did you make mistake using this Russian engines we didn't well we went through careful assessment of what engine to use it what was available. On the marketplace. But another private space pitcher competing for NASA's business is using American made engines to send those supplies. To the International Space Station recently told David Muir at SpaceX. You're the only teams having a main. A NASA official tells me tonight that the damage to that launch pad behind me is less than expected. A ship did arrive at the space station today and I am told that the astronauts have enough supplies to take them well into next year. David David Curley leading soft David thank you.
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