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A rocket with "classified crypto equipment" explodes seconds after lift off. Erin Burnett has the latest.
October 28th, 2014
10:37 PM ET

Bill Nye: NASA rocket explosion is 'heartbreaking'

An unmanned NASA-contracted rocket exploded early Tuesday evening along the eastern Virginia coast, causing a huge fireball but no apparent deaths.

"There was failure on launch," NASA spokesman Jay Bolden said. "There was no indicated loss of life."

NASA's mission control is trying to assess what went wrong. The launch director says they must maintain the crash site securely because of security concerns about the equipment on board - saying the rocket had "classified crypto equipment" on board.

According to NASA, the Orbital Sciences Corp.'s Antares rocket and Cygnus cargo spacecraft were set to launch at 6:22 p.m. ET from the Wallops Flight Facility along the Atlantic Ocean. It was set to carry some 5,000 pounds of supplies and experiments to the International Space Station.

In an interview with CNN's Erin Burnett, Scientist Bill Nye weighs in with his thoughts on why the rocket exploded during its launch.


Filed under: NASA • News • Rocket explosion • Tech
October 28th, 2014
10:14 PM ET

Suspicious activity on White House computer network

The White House has detected suspicious cyber activity on its own computer network. White House officials are scrambling to figure out who is responsible.

CNN's Jim Acosta has the latest.


Filed under: News • Tech
October 28th, 2014
09:24 PM ET

Is there a bun in this lion's oven?

It's not easy to give a lion a sonogram. So how do zookeepers at the Cincinnati Zoo know whether that's a baby bump on one of their star attractions? CNN's Jeanne Moos asks, is she or isn't she? Not even her zookeepers know for sure.


Filed under: Animals • Jeanne Moos • OffBeat
October 28th, 2014
03:15 PM ET

Horse snores during its own rescue from pool

Arizona firemen had to pull a horse, not out of a burning stall, but out of a swimming pool. And instead of neighing in panic, this horse was snoring sound asleep. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on a rescue that won't put you to sleep.


Filed under: Animals • Jeanne Moos • OffBeat
October 27th, 2014
09:16 PM ET

Ebola survivor: Mandatory quarantines a 'disincentive' for Ebola volunteers

A battle of words broke out over the weekend between Kaci Hickox, who returned home from Ebola-ravaged West Africa only to be ordered into quarantine, and Republican governor Chris Christie. The nurse told CNN that her "basic human rights have been violated" and that Christie himself was responsible.

CDC officials stopped short of issuing nationwide quarantine rules, instead issuing new guidelines that set levels of risk for returning travelers - guidelines to help those states that are currently monitoring travel from West Africa.

But, should health care workers coming from West Africa be quarantined?

In an interview with CNN's Erin Burnett, Dr. Rick Sacra says a mandatory quarantine would be a 'disincentive' for people to travel to West Africa to treat Ebola patients.


Filed under: Ebola • Health • International • News
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