The Antares Explosion Looked Even Worse From A Plane

The launch failure of Orbital Science’s Antares last night spurred a shockingly huge fireball — rocket fuel can do that. But here’s a perspective only a few people witnessed: The explosion from 900m up. To paraphrase the pilot who filmed it, HOLY COW.

Pilot Ed Sealing was flying inland of the launch site last night, expecting a very different view, when he captured the explosion with an iPad Mini (who says it’s never a good idea to use an iPad as a camera?). Watch the full video below. [Citylab]