An Antares supply rocket headed for the International Space Station blew to smithereens just above the launch pad last month, and video of it was pretty crazy. But also, it wasn't quite as subway-mumbling insane as it could've been, because the video was from far away. Here's that huge explosion close up.

(Also, I can say things like "blew to smithereens" and "huge explosion," because no one was killed and/or injured besides dignity and probably also a few insurance policies.)


The explosion was clearly a monstrous one, just judging from the shockwave that positively rocks the specially-hardened cameras placed to film the launch.

A problem on the turbo pump likely caused the explosion, according to rocket maker Orbital Sciences, and the company says it won't be using that type of engine anymore.

Or maybe they should? If only because Michael Bay always needs to make a new Transformers.