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originally posted by: Dracan6
I was going to do a write up on this, this morning. (I wish I had) We saw a rocket very clearly in the sky last afternoon, then come to find out out later--the launch was canceled!
How many people saw a rocket go up at the designated time yesterday afternoon?
I for one, my wife was by me, saw a rocket. A friend a few miles away saw it as well. We all have astronomy optics, and we all saw it!
To see an event, that wasn't supposed to happen. Vexed me a lot.
Now that the delayed event, blew up. I am defiantly going to have to get some stuff together. I have taken a screen shot, of the same questions on the NASA site.
originally posted by: wildespace
Panic at the press site. "Holy Mackerel!"
Beautiful explosion detail there.
The Guardian article states that the technicians detonated a self-destruct mechanism six seconds after launch because of a “catastrophic” equipment failure.
As a side note, I know many people have been hailing the dawn of private space launches. But I think in reality this will mean more failures like this. Were it a NASA rocket, I'm sure they wouldn't have used those old refurbished Soviet engines.
Remember that N1 documentary? Those engines were found sitting in a shed for over 20 years after the failed Soviet moon program.
originally posted by: pheonix358
originally posted by: CalibratedZeus
Was on the news in New Jersey all morning that some kids from a local school had an experiment going up there and were at the launch. Poor little ones.
I think that those kids will have a real exciting story to tell and will all get an A for science.
Kids like things that go boom.
"Mum, mum, it was wicked mum, it went up and then it went boom. Michael was so excited he asked them to do it again."