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The unmanned rocket that exploded at NASA's Wallops Island facility Tuesday was destroyed after it became apparent there was a problem, Orbital Sciences confirmed Friday. "Prior to impacting the ground, the rocket's Flight Termination System was engaged by the designated official in the Wallops Range Control Center," Orbital said Thursday in a news release on its website.
The bottom line on Tuesday's rocket explosion is this: It could have been worse.
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WALLOPS ISLAND The Anteras rocket launch that was scrubbed Monday is scheduled to take place today at 6:22 p.m. On Monday, Orbital Sciences Corp. got to within the 10-minute mark for the launch of its unmanned Cygnus capsule. A sailboat ended up in the restricted danger zone and controllers had to stop the countdown.
Correction: This story has been changed from its original version to fix a timing error. The Antares rocket will launch from the Wallops Flight Facility at 6:45 p.m. on Monday. ___ WALLOPS ISLAND The next commercial resupply rocket launch to the International Space Station is scheduled for Monday.
Three people, a cat and a dog were hoisted from a sailboat on the Chesapeake Bay today near Cape Charles. The owner and operator of the 30-foot sailboat Mary K put out a distress call about 2 p.m. that three people aboard were seasick and that the sailboat was dragging anchor in 4-foot seas and 25-knot winds, according to a Coast Guard news release.
CAPE CHARLES The Wildlife Center of Virginia will release a bald eagle on Thursday at Kiptopeke State Park. The eagle was found face-down in Accomack County on Sept. 17, got preliminary treatment from a local wildlife rehabilitator and was taken to the wildlife center in Waynesboro the next day, according to a news release. Veterinarians believe the eagle suffered from toxicity.
The yellow button on the tally counter was labeled SSHA. Katie Rittenhouse pressed it twice as two sharp-shinned hawks zipped overhead. She had already counted a BAEA and an OSPR - a bald eagle and an osprey - but this early in the morning the masses of MERLs and PEFAs were yet to come. Merlin falcons, she said, fly anytime, but peregrines tend toward late afternoon.
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