Nasa rocket explosion in 11 mind-blowing pictures

  • Vishakha Saxena, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Oct 29, 2014 14:47 IST

Nasa's 14-story unmanned Antares rocket headed for the International Space Station exploded on Tuesday, seconds after liftoff from a commercial launch pad on Virginia's eastern seaboard.

"Something went wrong, and we will find out what that is," Frank Culbertson, executive vice president at Orbital Sciences, said at a press briefing.

Thankfully, no loss of life has been reported. Orbital Sciences said in a statement on Tuesday, "We've confirmed that all personnel have been accounted for. We have no injuries in the operation today," Reuters reported.

Furthermore, NASA Associate Administrator William Gerstenmaier told the press, "there was no cargo that was absolutely critical to us that was lost on that flight. The crew is in no danger."

Nasa stressed on how the crew at ISS has enough food and other supplies aboard to last four to six months.

Here are 11 snapshots that capture the explosion:

The unmanned spacecraft exploded six seconds after launch on a resupply mission to the ISS. (AFP Photo/Nasa)

It was the first nighttime launch of an Antares rocket and was to be Orbital's fourth trip to the space station. Here's a file photo (taken October 26, 2014) of the rocket. (Reuters Photo/Nasa/Handout)

Here's the spacecraft just moments before exploding at Wallops Island, Virginia. Investigators are yet to establish the cause of the accident. (AFP Photo/Nasa)

After the countdown, the base of the tall, white rocket ignited on cue, then rose a short distance into the air before it suddenly exploded in a fiery blast six seconds later. (AFP Photo/Nasa)

The unmanned Cygnus cargo ship was carrying 5,000 pounds (2,200 kilograms) of supplies for the six astronauts living at the research outpost. (AFP Photo/Nasa)

The Cygnus craft, which is shaped like a massive beer keg, made its first journey to the ISS in 2013. (AP Photo/Eastern Shore News)

The launch had previously been delayed by a day after a boat sailed into a restricted safety zone beneath the rocket's intended flight path. (AP Photo/NASA TV)

As night fell, fires were seen burning at the coastal launch pad, where waves lapped at the shore. In this photo, spectators in Virginia are seen watching the fireball from the explosion. (AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot)

People who came to watch the launch can be seen walking away after the explosion. (AFP Photo)

NASA mission control in Houston described the blast as a "catastrophic anomaly. The accident has raised fresh questions about the use of Russian engines in US rockets. (AFP Photo)

Here's a combination image of the various stages of the rocket's launch and subsequent explosion. (Reuters Photo/Nasa TV/Handout)

(With inputs from agencies)

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