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Orbital Sciences had a plan to retire rocket engines before explosion
Orbital Sciences had a plan to retire rocket engines before explosion

Even before this week's fiery explosion of an unmanned rocket bound for the space station, executives at Orbital Sciences Corp. had been working on a plan to retire the problem-plagued engines that powered it. The explosion Tuesday evening, just seconds after liftoff, marked the first time a resupply mission contracted by NASA to a private company has failed. Orbital's 13-story Antares rocket was carrying about 5,000 pounds of food, supplies and experiments. The mission would have been Orbital's third such trip to the space station, according to NASA. Executives at Orbital said Wednesday that it could take months before they know the cause of the accident that...

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