Unmanned rocket explodes at launch


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An unmanned rocket owned by Orbital Sciences Corporation exploded early Wednesday, October 29 (Manila time), 6 seconds after launch on what was to be a resupply mission to the International Space Station. NASA said the rocket blasted into the air before exploding into a massive orange fireball, vivid against the night sky, and smashing back into the ground. Fires were seen burning at the coastal launch pad after the Antares rocket blasted off at sunset from Wallops Island, Virginia at 6:22 pm (2222 GMT). No one was hurt. It was unclear what caused the explosion.

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