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Orbital's Rocket Disaster Narrows Space Station Resupply Options

Orbital's Rocket Disaster Narrows Space Station Resupply Options

The explosion of an Orbital Sciences rocket carrying supplies to the International Space Station signaled more than the loss of a $200 million mission on Tuesday. The incident marked the first disaster of a commercial resupply mission to the space station since NASA put the responsibility in the hands of private U.S. contractors. It’s a turn of events that will likely leave the supply runs in the hands of Orbital’s competitor SpaceX and Russia in the near future. The Antares rocket owned by Orbital Sciences was originally scheduled to carry about 2,200 kilograms of supplies to the six astronauts currently stationed aboard the space station, according to BBC News . But the rocket faltered just 15 seconds after liftoff, fell back to Earth, and exploded in an inferno on Oct. 28. Click Orlando reported that the force of the explosion broke windows and damaged ceiling tiles of ...

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