Fall Down And Go Boom!

I totally agree. It’s a mistake to think that space exploration is without risks; things like this ARE bound to happen. We should be aware that with the current technology, rockets can explode like this.

Astronomy and Law

If you hadn’t heard, yesterday an Antares rocket built by Orbital Sciences Corp. blew up during takeoff from the Virginia spaceport.

First, things like this will happen until we find a better way of launching objects (and people) into orbit.

I think Steve Buscemi’s character Rockhound in the (much maligned) film Armageddon said it best: “You know we’re sitting on four million pounds of fuel, one nuclear weapon and a thing that has 270,000 moving parts built by the lowest bidder. Makes you feel good, doesn’t it?”

A lot of things can go wrong when you are basically lighting a giant bottle rocket to take you to space.

This was to be Orbital’s third mission to launch a Cygnus resupply craft to the ISS.  After the investigation as to what went wrong, Orbital will send up another craft.

Still, we need to find a better way to get to space. …

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