An unmanned NASA rocket launch livestreamed on the web exploded on launch on Tuesday night.
The Antares rocket took off from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island, Virginia. After traveling upwards for a few seconds, the rocket burst into flames and crashed back to the ground in a bright blaze.
The rocket was bound for the International Space Station with 5,000 pounds of supplies on board.
Before launch @OrbitalSciences team wasn't tracking any issues. No injuries have been reported & all personnel around launch site accounted.— NASA (@NASA) October 28, 2014
We will continue to provide additional updates as it becomes available, as well as the earliest expected time for a news conference.— NASA (@NASA) October 28, 2014
And here’s the view of the explosion from a Cessna 177 Cardinal that happened to be flying nearby: