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Viewers Capture Antares Launch Explosion

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Still frame of video captured by Christopher Harr Still frame of video captured by Christopher Harr
Still frame of video captured by Anne Nelson. Still frame of video captured by Anne Nelson.
Still frame of video captured by Malaki Greer. Still frame of video captured by Malaki Greer.
WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. - When the Antares rocket exploded just 6 seconds after launch Tuesday evening, many news organizations were on the scene ready to capture every breathtaking moment of the aftermath. News cameras weren't the only ones rolling, however. Many people watching across Delmarva had their cellphones or their cameras pointed toward the NASA Wallops Island Flight facility, hoping to capture those moments.

From the air and from the ground, people were ready to capture a memorable launch. Whether it was their first or their tenth, this one will forever be on their minds.

Chris Harr took his wife and four-year-old son to Wallops Island Tuesday night for their first launch.

"We took him to the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. He decided, at least a couple of months ago, that he wants to be an astronaut," said Harr.

He set up his camera on his tripod and the rest is history.

"It wasn't anything I was expecting to happen. When the explosion occurred it actually knocked the camera to the right and kind of knocked me over a little bit. It visibly moved you," said Harr.

It was a similar story for Anne Nelson of Salisbury. She and her husband brought their children to Wright's Seafood Restaurant for the view.
"We did some research online to see what was going to be on the rocket. The children were really excited to see it," said Nelson.

She help up her phone and watched it happen live.

"It was just horrifically amazing. You could feel it just rush through your body," said Nelson.

Malaki Greer didn't just capture the explosion, but also the panic at the visitor's center.

"When the shockwave hit us and we heard the boom, there were several screams but then there was complete silence," said Greer. "The security came up behind us and started yelling loudly ordering people to evacuate the premises."

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