Unmanned Rocket Explodes Above Wallops Island

An unmanned Antares rocket exploded six seconds after blasting off from Wallops Island, Virginia, en route to the International Space Station. Here is what it looked like.

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The launch of an unmanned rocket from a NASA launchpad in Virginia went catastrophically awry Tuesday when the rocket exploded six seconds after liftoff, in a blast caught on live NASA video.
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Orbital Sciences' Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard, is seen rolling from the Horizontal Integration Facility (HIF) to the launchpad at NASA's Wallops Island facility on Friday, Oct. 24, in preparation for its planned launch.
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Here, the rocket and capsule can be seen arriving at launch Pad-0A on Friday.
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Orbital Sciences' Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard, towers over Virginia's Atlantic coast at sunset on Saturday, Oct. 25.
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The rocket was supposed to launch Monday, Oct. 27, but the launch attempt was scrubbed because of a sailboat down range in the trajectory Antares would have flown.
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The rocket took off Tuesday — but very quickly things went very wrong. This image taken from video provided by NASA TV shows the unmanned rocket blowing up over the launch complex just six seconds after liftoff.
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Orbital says no one was believed to be hurt and the damage appeared to be limited to the facilities.
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The explosion lit up the skies with a massive fireball and billowed smoke, before raining down debris into the sea.
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Onlookers watch the blast's aftermath in this image captured by Instagram user Michael Waller, taken moments after the Antares rocket exploded above Virginia's eastern shore.
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