The real-time rise and fall of NASA’s Antares rocket

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When NASA’s Antares rocket exploded seconds after launch in Virginia, it did so in pictures, video and tweets.

The private unmanned craft carrying supplies for the International Space Station suffered a ‘catastrophic’ equipment failure. Below is how a twitter stream from ground control swiftly turns into an exercise in damage control in minutes:

What’s launching at 6:22pm ET to @Space_Station on #Antares? Learn about #Cygnus’ cargo // 24 hours ago

Watching tonight’s #Antares launch to @Space_Station? Take pics & share in our @Flickr group // 23 hours ago

In 1 hour: On the East Coast? Step out to get a possible look at #Antares launch at 6:22p ET // 23 hours ago

Weather for tonight’s 6:22pm ET #Antares launch is 100% favorable conditions. Watch // 23 hours ago

T-33 mins & counting… Proceeding with main engine chilldown pending removal of personnel from nearby area Watch // 23 hours ago

We’re 4 minutes from launching #Antares to @Space_Station. #Cygnus on internal power. Watch // 23 hours ago

NASA & @OrbitalSciences are gathering data on the failure of the CRS-3 mission 6 seconds after launch. Updates // 22 hours ago

.@OrbitalSciences is currently evaluating the status of its mission. Visit http://1.usa.gov/1r42Ssu [for] the latest information.

NASA & @OrbitalSciences are gathering data on the failure of the CRS-3 mission 6 seconds after launch. Updates // 22 hours ago

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