Top 10 Amazing Rocket Explosions – Videos – Coolest Launch Disasters


We’ve scoured YouTube for the 10 coolest rocket launch explosion videos we could find – and this is the result. We’ve deliberately avoided using launches involving people – that wouldn’t be entertaining now, would it?

Indian Rocket Explodes Carrying Comms Satellite

A rocket carrying an Indian communication satellite exploded just after liftoff on Saturday in the second launch failure for India’s space agency this year.

Ariane 5 Rocket Explosion

An integer conversion error caused this rocket to explode during ascent. It was an Ariane 5 from the European Space Agency. This launch was on June 4, 1996.

Sea Launch Rocket Blows Up

The ocean based Rocket Launch platform has a bad day.

Titan IV A-20 explodes over Cape Canaveral

Titan IV mission A-20, the final Titan IV-A to fly, explodes after liftoff from Cape Canaveral when a short circuit resets the rocket’s guidance system. The onboard flight termination system ended the mission, carrying a classified satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office believed to be worth over $1 billion.

Rocket Carrying GPS 2R Satellite Explodes

Accidents happen. Even at NASA where they have strong testing and integrity procedures. A rocket carrying a GPS 2R just seconds into the mission explodes. More than 250 tons of flaming debries and rocket fuel rain down from the sky. The explosion occurs so close the the ground that the area around looks like a war zone.

Massive Rocket Explosion

We couldn’t find any info with the video as to what launch it was.

Russian Rocket Launch Failure

An unmanned Russian Soyuz rocket carrying a Foton M-1 satellite has a failed launch attempt and crashes back to Earth only seconds later with a large explosion. The explosion and reactions to it are captured on tape by several spectators.

Massive NASA Delta II Rocket Explosion with fireblast

Watch the full explosion of a DELTA II Rocket. See the blast on tele from only a 1000 yards distance (measured from the nearest impacts of the falling debris) Also notice the red smoke coming from the explosion-blast, waving slowly east to the atlantic ocean.

Rocket explosion compilation

A compilation of several Rocket Explosions.

Soviet rocket disasters Compilation

Here’s another compilation video, this time of Soviet Rocket disasters.

Amazing Picture of the Moon Setting Into Eclipse

This picture comes via NASA and shows the moon setting into an eclipse from the recent lunar eclipse.

Source: APOD

The Earth as Seen from the Surface of Mars

Amazing picture. Makes you think about how small we really are.

Amazing Picture of the Recent Partial Solar Eclipse with the ISS Thrown in

This picture is so amazing – I had to share it.

A photographer snapped this picture of the recent partial Solar Eclipse – and it also captured the ISS transiting the sun as well!

Photo was taken by Thierry Legault – check out his website here.


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