NASA Antares rocket that blasted takes students’ experiments along

October 30, 2014 3:37 PM

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The private American rocket that exploded shortly after liftoff Tuesday evening, took along with it experiments from students from schools across the country. They got a hard, but real-life lesson in science this week. In this case, student science experiments blew up with the unmanned Antares rocket as it was launched Tuesday. Among the casualties were Oakland red worms, San Marino houseflies, Washington D.C. chrysanthemum seeds, Louisiana soybean seeds, New Jersey mosquito eggs and some Kalamazoo, Dry Lake fairy shrimp.

Orbital Sciences Corp.’s two-stage rocket crashed in a fiery heap just seconds after launching from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on Tuesday, ending an attempted cargo run to the International Space Station just seconds after it began. Antares’ first stage uses two AJ26 engines, which a...

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