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Spectacular Rocket Explosions

Even rocket scientists can't be right all the time. See the awesomeness that results when they're wrong!

Spectacular Rocket Explosions

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Delta II Rocket Anomaly

A Delta II rocket explodes in Cape Canaveral in 1998.

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Sea Launch

Sea Launch has a bad day.

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Juno II Rocket Explosion

Seconds into NASA's launch of the Juno II rocket, the first-stage engine fires in the opposite direction. After the rocket careens off course, the Range Safety Officer at Cape Canaveral triggers the self-destruct.

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Titan Rocket Crashes

A Titan rocket exploding dramatically on the launchpad without even getting off the ground.

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Vanguard Rocket Explosion

A US Vanguard rocket explosion circa 1958. It doesn't even get off the launch pad.

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V-2 Rocket Crashes

The V-2 rocket was tested extensively the by Nazi Germany during WWII as means of attacking distant Britain. In these early days, 1/3 of the V-2's launched had failed.

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Ariane 5 Rocket Explosion

An integer conversion error caused this rocket to explode during ascent.

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Russian Rocket Launch Failure

A Russian Soyuz rocket carrying a Foton M-1 satellite has a total failure during launch and collides into the Earth with a large explosion.

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Soviet N1 Moon Rocket Exploding

This was the largest rocket ever built. The explosion was equivalent to 5,000 tons of TNT. That's 1/3 of the Little Boy atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945.

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Challenger Shuttle Explosion

In 1986 the Challenger Space Shuttle exploded 70 seconds into lift off due to a bad O-ring seal in one of its solid fuel boosters. The seven astronauts aboard were incinerated.

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