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