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New photos show what happened when rocket made in Utah exploded seconds after takeoff

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Posted at 1:28 PM, Nov 05, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-05 15:54:28-05

NASA Anteras rocket explodesWALLOPS ISLAND, Va. – NASA has just released new photos that show what happened when an unmanned NASA-contracted rocket exploded seconds after taking off from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

Officials said the ATK plant in Utah built the rocket used in the second stage of the launch.

NASA said the Orbital Sciences Corp.’s Antares rocket and Cygnus cargo spacecraft was carrying some 5,000 pounds of supplies and experiments to the International Space Station when it exploded six seconds after take off on Oct. 28, 2014.

Read NASA’s full review of the accident here.

The photos, which provide new insight on the mishap, were posted to NASA’s Flickr account.