WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (WAVY) — Leah Cheshier is a 20-year-old student at Young Harris College in Georgia. Little did she know her first live rocket launch would have such a dramatic outcome. She was 2.2 miles from the launch pad at Wallops Island when the rocket exploded seconds after launch.
Cheshier recalls the brief flight of the Antares rocket that quickly turned into a ball of fire. Listen to her full account and watch her video of the scene in the media player above.