New NASA photos show massive rocket explosion in Virginia

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New NASA photos show massive rocket explosion in Virginia
This Tuesday Oct 28, 2014 photo provided by NASA shows the Orbital Antares rocket, after it suffered a catastrophic anomaly moments after launch at NASAâs Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The Cygnus spacecraft was filled with supplies slated for the International Space Station, including science experiments, experiment hardware, spare parts, and crew provisions. Photo Credit: (Joel Kowsky/NASA via AP)
This Tuesday Oct 28, 2014 photo provided by NASA shows the Orbital Antares rocket, after it suffered a catastrophic anomaly moments after launch at NASAâs Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The Cygnus spacecraft was filled with supplies slated for the International Space Station, including science experiments, experiment hardware, spare parts, and crew provisions. (Joel Kowsky/NASA via AP)
This Tuesday Oct 28, 2014 photo provided by NASA shows the launch pad on fire after the Orbital Antares rocket suffered a catastrophic anomaly moments after launch at NASAâs Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The Cygnus spacecraft was filled with supplies slated for the International Space Station, including science experiments, experiment hardware, spare parts, and crew provisions. (Joel Kowsky/NASA via AP)
This Tuesday Oct 28, 2014 photo provided by NASA shows the Orbital Antares rocket, after it suffered a catastrophic anomaly moments after launch at NASAâs Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The Cygnus spacecraft was filled with supplies slated for the International Space Station, including science experiments, experiment hardware, spare parts, and crew provisions. (Joel Kowsky/NASA via AP)
This Tuesday Oct 28, 2014 photo provided by NASA shows the Orbital Antares rocket, after it suffered a catastrophic anomaly moments after launch at NASAâs Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The Cygnus spacecraft was filled with supplies slated for the International Space Station, including science experiments, experiment hardware, spare parts, and crew provisions. (Joel Kowsky/NASA via AP)
This Tuesday Oct 28, 2014 photo provided by NASA shows the Orbital Antares rocket, after it suffered a catastrophic anomaly moments after launch at NASAâs Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The Cygnus spacecraft was filled with supplies slated for the International Space Station, including science experiments, experiment hardware, spare parts, and crew provisions. (Joel Kowsky/NASA via AP)
This Tuesday Oct 28, 2014 photo provided by NASA shows the Orbital Antares rocket, after it suffered a catastrophic anomaly moments after launch at NASAâs Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The Cygnus spacecraft was filled with supplies slated for the International Space Station, including science experiments, experiment hardware, spare parts, and crew provisions. (Joel Kowsky/NASA via AP)
This Tuesday Oct 28, 2014 photo provided by NASA shows the Orbital Antares rocket, after it suffered a catastrophic anomaly moments after launch at NASAâs Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The Cygnus spacecraft was filled with supplies slated for the International Space Station, including science experiments, experiment hardware, spare parts, and crew provisions. (Joel Kowsky/NASA via AP)
This Tuesday Oct 28, 2014 photo provided by NASA shows the Orbital Antares rocket, after it suffered a catastrophic anomaly moments after launch at NASAâs Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The Cygnus spacecraft was filled with supplies slated for the International Space Station, including science experiments, experiment hardware, spare parts, and crew provisions. (Joel Kowsky/NASA via AP)
This Tuesday Oct 28, 2014 photo provided by NASA shows the Orbital Antares rocket, after it suffered a catastrophic anomaly moments after launch at NASAâs Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The Cygnus spacecraft was filled with supplies slated for the International Space Station, including science experiments, experiment hardware, spare parts, and crew provisions. (Joel Kowsky/NASA via AP)
This Tuesday Oct 28, 2014 photo provided by NASA shows the Orbital Antares rocket, after it suffered a catastrophic anomaly moments after launch at NASAâs Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The Cygnus spacecraft was filled with supplies slated for the International Space Station, including science experiments, experiment hardware, spare parts, and crew provisions. (Joel Kowsky/NASA via AP)
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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) -- The launch of an unmanned commercial supply rocket on the eastern shore of Virginia was supposed to be a moment of celebration for NASA. Crowds gathered to watch as the sun set. Hundreds of miles up, astronauts huddled around a live video feed in anticipation.

But cheers were quickly replaced with screams as the Antares rocket bound for the International Space Station exploded six seconds after liftoff on Oct. 28, 2014, marking the first catastrophic launch in NASA's commercial spaceflight effort.

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More than a year after the blast, NASA released images this week showing the fiery explosion that lit up the sky and sent scorched wreckage flying.

NASA's independent review team said last week that the initial fire was caused by friction from rubbing parts in a turbopump in one of the rocket's old Russian-built engines. The pump exploded seconds after liftoff, damaging a second engine, according to NASA's report. As the rocket fell toward the ground, controllers sent a destruct signal just before impact to minimize damage.

The rocket was supposed to send food, clothes and equipment to astronauts in the International Space Station. No one was injured in the blast, but the $200 million mission and the Wallops Island launch complex were ruined.

Related: Recently released photos of the Apollo mission:

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NASA releases 9,200 Apollo mission photos (EDITED VERSION)
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New NASA photos show massive rocket explosion in Virginia
A scene from the Apollo 9 mission in a photo released by NASA's Apollo Archives project. (Photo via NASA)

A scene from the Apollo 11 mission in a photo released by NASA's Apollo Archives project. (Photo via NASA)

A scene from the Apollo 11 mission in a photo released by NASA's Apollo Archives project. (Photo via NASA)

A scene from the Apollo 12 mission in a photo released by NASA's Apollo Archives project. (Photo via NASA)

A scene from the Apollo 16 mission in a photo released by NASA's Apollo Archives project. (Photo via NASA)

A scene from the Apollo 17 mission in a photo released by NASA's Apollo Archives project. (Photo via NASA)

A scene from the Apollo 17 mission in a photo released by NASA's Apollo Archives project. (Photo via NASA)

A scene from the Apollo 17 mission in a photo released by NASA's Apollo Archives project. (Photo via NASA)

A scene from the Apollo 17 mission in a photo released by NASA's Apollo Archives project. (Photo via NASA)

​A scene from the Apollo 17 mission in a photo released by NASA's Apollo Archives project. (Photo via NASA)

A scene from the Apollo 12 mission in a photo released by NASA's Apollo Archives project. (Photo via NASA)

​A scene from the Apollo 11 mission in a photo released by NASA's Apollo Archives project. (Photo via NASA)

​A scene from the Apollo 11 mission in a photo released by NASA's Apollo Archives project. (Photo via NASA)

​A scene from the Apollo 17 mission in a photo released by NASA's Apollo Archives project. (Photo via NASA)
​A scene from the Apollo 17 mission in a photo released by NASA's Apollo Archives project. (Photo via NASA)

A scene from the Apollo 11 mission in a photo released by NASA's Apollo Archives project. (Photo via NASA)

A scene from the Apollo 12 mission in a photo released by NASA's Apollo Archives project. (Photo via NASA)

A scene from the Apollo 11 mission in a photo released by NASA's Apollo Archives project. (Photo via NASA)

A scene from the Apollo 9 mission in a photo released by NASA's Apollo Archives project. (Photo via NASA)

​A scene from the Apollo 7 mission in a photo released by NASA's Apollo Archives project. (Photo via NASA)

A scene from the Apollo 15 mission in a photo released by NASA's Apollo Archives project. (Photo via NASA)

A scene from the Apollo 15 mission in a photo released by NASA's Apollo Archives project. (Photo via NASA)

​A scene from the Apollo 11 mission in a photo released by NASA's Apollo Archives project. (Photo via NASA)
​A scene from the Apollo 17 mission in a photo released by NASA's Apollo Archives project. (Photo via NASA)

​A scene from the Apollo 16 mission in a photo released by NASA's Apollo Archives project. (Photo via NASA)

​A scene from the Apollo 15 mission in a photo released by NASA's Apollo Archives project. (Photo via NASA)

​A scene from the Apollo 11 mission in a photo released by NASA's Apollo Archives project. (Photo via NASA)

​A scene from the Apollo 17 mission in a photo released by NASA's Apollo Archives project. (Photo via NASA)
​A scene from the Apollo 17 mission in a photo released by NASA's Apollo Archives project. (Photo via NASA)

​A scene from the Apollo 12 mission in a photo released by NASA's Apollo Archives project. (Photo via NASA)

​A scene from the Apollo 17 mission in a photo released by NASA's Apollo Archives project. (Photo via NASA)
​A scene from the Apollo 17 mission in a photo released by NASA's Apollo Archives project. (Photo via NASA)

A scene from the Apollo 16 mission in a photo released by NASA's Apollo Archives project. (Photo via NASA)

A scene from the Apollo 14 mission in a photo released by NASA's Apollo Archives project. (Photo via NASA)

A scene from the Apollo 9 mission in a photo released by NASA's Apollo Archives project. (Photo via NASA)

​A scene from the Apollo 16 mission in a photo released by NASA's Apollo Archives project. (Photo via NASA)

​A scene from the Apollo 17 mission in a photo released by NASA's Apollo Archives project. (Photo via NASA)

A scene from the Apollo 17 mission in a photo released by NASA's Apollo Archives project. (Photo via NASA)

​A scene from the Apollo 12 mission in a photo released by NASA's Apollo Archives project. (Photo via NASA)

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