Sunday, August 24, 2008

NASA destroys off-course rocket

NORFOLK—An experimental rocket carrying $17 million worth of NASA experiments was destroyed early Friday after it veered off course soon after launch from the Wallops Flight Facility on the Virginia shore.

Explosive charges on the nose of the rocket were detonated by NASA
about 27 seconds after the 4:10 a.m. CDT launch. The agency said most
of the wreckage probably fell into the Atlantic Ocean.

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