NASA pictures present the Antares rocket explosion in gritty element
When Orbital Sciences’ Antares rocket exploded final yr, your solely actual view on the time was a grainy video. Nevertheless, you must now have a a lot better sense of what occurred: NASA has posted giant pictures from the failed launch on Flickr. They not solely present the incident in distinctive (virtually uncomfortable) element, however do a greater job of illustrating the magnitude of what occurred. This was a really giant car coming down in a short time, and the impression enveloped a lot of the launch website in hearth and smoke.
You hopefully will not see extra pictures like this for an extended, very long time. NASA just lately wrapped up its investigation of the catastrophe, and it believes that a pump failure (on account of both a design flaw or particles) despatched Antares crashing down. Orbital Sciences might want to deal with the underlying causes earlier than future iterations of the rocket can fly — this type of calamity should not occur once more.
[Picture credit score: NASA HQ Photograph, Flickr]
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