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Cause sought for space-supply rocket explosion

3 years 11 months 2 weeks ago Wednesday, October 29 2014 Oct 29, 2014 October 29, 2014 2:29 AM October 29, 2014 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Brock Vergakis

ATLANTIC, VA - NASA and officials from a commercial rocket company are searching for debris and answers following the explosion of a rocket and cargo module that were to deliver supplies to astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

Bill Wrobel is director of NASA's Wallops Flight Facility at Wallops Island, Virginia. He says crews plan to hit the ground at daybreak Wednesday to search for pieces of Orbital Sciences Corp.'s Antares rocket and Cygnus cargo ship.

The cargo ship that exploded Tuesday evening was carrying 5,000 pounds of experiments and equipment for NASA, as well as prepackaged meals and freeze-dried Maryland crabcakes for a Baltimore-born astronaut who's been in orbit five months.

NASA space station program manager Mike Suffredini says astronauts at the station currently have enough supplies to last until spring.

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