Antares Rocket Explodes On NASA Launchpad

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An unmanned rocket exploded mid-air Tuesday evening just moments after it launched from a NASA launchpad on Virginia’s eastern shore.

The Antares Rocket was scheduled for launch on Monday at 6:45 but was scrubbed due to a boat downrange in the hazard area, NASA tweeted.

NASA reports no one was on board the rocket, as it was carrying cargo and experiments to the International Space Station. The rocket exploded in a fireball just after its 6:22 p.m. ET blast-off.

NASA issued a statement shortly after the explosion:

A mishap occurred shortly after liftoff. Orbital has declared a contingency. NASA and Orbital are still determining when a press conference will be held.

Watch a video of the failed launch below:

Watch the full launch sequence below: