An Antares rocket, built by Orbital Sciences – which has a proven track record of successful launches – was launching cargo up to the ISS when it exploded mere seconds into launch.
Luckily, initial reports are that no-one was injured. Still, it must be a crushing disappointment to the mission crew and company.
Check out the dramatic video of the ensuing fireball:
More details are on CBC website.
It goes to show that the dangers of space flight continue to be very real, even for experts.