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Stunning new images of Orbital Antares rocket’s fiery destruction released

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Photo Credit: Charles Twine / SpaceFlight Insider

As NASA and Orbital Sciences Corporation worked to determine the root cause of the Oct. 28 failure of an Antares rocket with its payload of a Cygnus spacecraft packed with about 5,000 lbs of supplies – photojournalists waited to have their remote cameras returned to them. These devices were at Wallops Flight Facility’s Pad-0A – and have captured stunning imagery of the event.

SpaceFlight Insider contributor Charles Twine’s camera captured these images of the missions ill-fated voyage. Due to the clarity of these photos, SFI has opted to deliver them to you in as a high a resolution as possible. They provide a glimpse into what it is like when a launch vehicle goes “off nominal.”

Orb-3 Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket Cygnus spacecraft exploding explodes Wallops Flight Facility NASA Commercial Resupply Services photo credit Charles Twine SpaceFlight Insider - Copy

Photo Credit: Charles Twine / SpaceFlight Insider

Orb-3 Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket Cygnus spacecraft exploding explodes Wallops Flight Facility NASA Commercial Resupply Services photo credit Charles Twine SpaceFlight Insider - Copy

Photo Credit: Charles Twine / SpaceFlight Insider

 

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Jason Rhian spent several years honing his skills with internships at NASA, the National Space Society and other organizations. He has provided content for outlets such as: Aviation Week & Space Technology, Space.com, The Mars Society and Universe Today.

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