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Unmanned Antares rocket explodes upon liftoff in Virginia
Unmanned Antares rocket explodes upon liftoff in Virginia

A private, unmanned rocket exploded seconds after liftoff Tuesday at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on the southern tip of the Eastern Shore. The 14-story, $200 million Antares rocket was carrying the Cygnus spacecraft with 5,000 lbs. of cargo to resupply the International Space Station, when it became engulfed in flames just after its 6:22 p.m. liftoff from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport. The cause of the explosion was unclear. NASA said no one was hurt, and damage was limited to the south end of Wallops Island. The Wallops Flight Facility is located on Virginia's Eastern Shore, nine miles south of the Maryland line. Rocket owner Orbital Sciences Corp. called the...

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