Blow up a rocket bound for the International Space Station in spectacular fashion on the East Coast of the U.S., as Orbital Sciences Corp. did on Oct. 28, and you can be sure it will be noticed. Just as with a high-profile airplane crash, the amateur analysts were out in force with misunderstandings about the technologies and shoot-from-the-hip theories about what went wrong and the impact the accident will have. Lessons will be learned from the failure of Orbital’s Antares at ...

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