Within a few weeks of the ASV-6 failure, there was another disaster at the Cape. Two seconds after ignition on Pad 36B, an Atlas-Centaur rocket carrying a dummy test Surveyor spacecraft, exploded into a fireball. A fuel valve shut off at ignition, causing 2 of 3 engines to fail. The rocket collapsed back onto the launchpad, having only risen three feet. It then tipped over and exploded onto the ground. No one was hurt and the damage was estimate at $5 million.
Atlas-Centaur 5 on Pad 36B.
Flames surround the rocket as it settles back onto the pad.
The explosion engulfs the tower as well.
More distant view of the explosion.
Wreckage at the site.