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After rocket explosion, no air, water pollutants detected

Sharon Gaudin | Oct. 31, 2014
NASA says investigation will take weeks.

"In the coming days and weeks ahead, we'll continue to assess the damage on the island and begin the process of moving forward to restore our space launch capabilities," said Bill Wrobel, Wallops director, in a statement. "There's no doubt in my mind that we will rebound stronger than ever."

NASA has contracted with Orbital Sciences to provide five more resupply missions after this one.

"Orbital has demonstrated extraordinary capabilities in its first two missions to the station earlier this year, and we know they can replicate that success," said Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator of NASA's Human Exploration and Operations Directorate. "Launching rockets is an incredibly difficult undertaking, and we learn from each success and each setback. Today's launch attempt will not deter us from our work to expand our already successful capability to launch cargo from American shores to the International Space Station."


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