NASA Destroys Rocket Mid-Flight | NBC New York

NASA Destroys Rocket Mid-Flight

Blown up after veering off course, debris plummets into ocean



    NASA destroyed a just-launched, unmanned rocket Friday after it veered off course. The rocket, carrying a pair of research satellites, was destroyed shortly after lifting off from Wallops Island, Virginia. NASA officials used a remote control to destroy the prototype rocket, made by Alliant Techsystems.Officials still don't know why the rocket veered off course. An investigation is underway. A NASA response team has been sent to the launch area.TheyÆll investigate reports of residents in the area finding pieces of the craft on land. However, officials believe most of the debris fell into the Atlantic Ocean.

    NASA says it destroyed an unmanned suborbital rocket shortly after a failed launch early this morning from an island off the Virginia coast.

    There were no injuries or property damage, according to a NASA statement, but the agency warned that debris from the explosion could be hazardous. NASA believes most of the wreckage fell into the Atlantic Ocean off Wallops Island.

    The rocket, made by Alliant Tech Systems of Salt Lake City, was carrying two experiments. The space agency says it is investigating why the rocket failed.