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On This Day: Rocket explodes at Wallop’s Island

Published: Oct. 28, 2020 at 8:00 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - On this day in history: Oct. 28, 2014, an unmanned US supply rocket exploded just seconds after lifting off from Wallop’s Island along Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

This was the first disaster for NASA since it turned to private operators to bring supplies to the International Space Station. The 14-story Antares rocket rose just off of the launch pad before it began to fall back to the ground, where it exploded into a ball of fire.

Learn all about the explosion and fallout in Episode 4 of Season 4 of the How We Got Here Podcast.

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