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  • Despite rocket explosion, Wallops Island seen as force for economic growth

    Despite rocket explosion, Wallops Island seen as force for economic growth
    As the countdown to the ill-fated Wallops Island rocket launch began Tuesday evening, Todd Burbage directed his gaze skyward into the sunset. "I heard a boom and saw a plume of smoke," said Burbage, a local real estate developer watching from a dock in...
  • NASA, Orbital Sciences Corp. seeks answers after Antares failure

    NASA, Orbital Sciences Corp. seeks answers after Antares failure
    Investigators on Wednesday began assessing the damage after an unmanned U.S. supply rocket bound for the International Space Station burst into flames during takeoff from Wallops Island on Tuesday evening. Meanwhile, the rocket's manufacturer said...
  • Failure to launch

    Failure to launch
    The spectacular explosion that destroyed a privately owned spacecraft seconds after lift-off from NASA's Wallops Island launch pad in Virginia Tuesday was a temporary setback for Orbital Science, the company that developed the unmanned vehicle, but if...
  • NASA's plan to capture an asteroid? Bad idea, scientist says

    NASA's plan to capture an asteroid? Bad idea, scientist says
    NASA goal to snag an asteroid and bring a space rock close to Earth is a distraction from the effort to send humans to Mars, a top asteroid expert says. In a commentary in the journal Nature, planetary scientist Richard Binzel of the Massachusetts...
  • Probe of Virginia rocket blast begins; space station supplied

    Probe of Virginia rocket blast begins; space station supplied
    Authorities on Wednesday started investigating what caused an unmanned U.S. supply rocket to explode in a fireball moments after liftoff from a Virginia launch pad, destroying cargo and equipment bound for the International Space Station. The 14-story...
  • Antares rocket explodes after lift-off from Wallops Island

    Antares rocket explodes after lift-off from Wallops Island
    UPDATE, 11:35 a.m Wednesday: Officials say it is too early to know the extent of damage from Tuesday's explosion of an unmanned Antares rocket, but initial reports indicate the damage was contained to the south end of Wallops Island. That was "a pre-...
  • Orbital Sciences had a plan to retire rocket engines before explosion

    Orbital Sciences had a plan to retire rocket engines before explosion
    Even before this week's fiery explosion of an unmanned rocket bound for the space station, executives at Orbital Sciences Corp. had been working on a plan to retire the problem-plagued engines that powered it. The explosion Tuesday evening, just seconds...
  • Wallops Island takes stock of damage after rocket explosion

    Wallops Island takes stock of damage after rocket explosion
    Gerald Matthews can clearly see the charred launch pad where an Antares rocket exploded upon liftoff Tuesday, and said he has long feared such a mishap just 1.6 miles from his 55-acre farm. He called the blast awe-inspiring and terrifying — it...
  • Orbital Sciences vows comeback after rocket explosion

    Orbital Sciences vows comeback after rocket explosion
    Executives from Orbital Sciences Corp. tried to reassure investors Wednesday that the company would withstand the explosion of its unmanned rocket bound for the International Space Station. “Certainly a failure like this is not helpful,”...
  • Rocket bound for space station blows up just after liftoff

    A 13-story rocket bound for the International Space Station exploded just after liftoff Tuesday evening off the coast of Virginia, marking the first time a resupply mission contracted by NASA to a private company has failed. Orbital Sciences Corp.&...
  • Unmanned NASA rocket explodes on launch in Virginia

    Unmanned NASA rocket explodes on launch in Virginia
    An unmanned Antares rocket exploded seconds after liftoff from a commercial launch pad in Virginia on Tuesday, marking the first accident since NASA turned to private operators to deliver cargo to the International Space Station, but officials said no one...