On October 28th, 2014, the Orbital ATK Antares rocket exploded on takeoff, destroying the vehicle and the supplies that were being sent to the astronauts on-board the International Space Station. The explosion was captured by a large number of photographers and videographers observing from a distance, but now NASA has published its own up-close photos of the explosion.
First, here’s a video captured by Matthew Travis from the press site (warning: there’s some strong language):
Here’s the same incident captured by NASA’s cameras near the launch site:
You can find a complete set of 84 photos in this NASA set on Flickr.
Image credits: Photographs by Joel Kowsky/NASA