|Launched on:||Ring 1, 28, 478 B.C.|
|Planet explored:||Intended to be Pluto|
|Directed by the:||Andromeda Program|
|Crew at launch:|| |
|Original crew:||Same as the launch|
|Backup crew:|| |
|Proceeded by:||Andromeda 190|
|Behind the Scenes|
Andromeda 191 was dedicated to be the final mission to any celestial bodys located within the Aldetra nebula. However, a disaster struck when the crew perished after the launch.
The rocket launched on Ring 2, 28, 478 B.C., just one day after the 2nd memorial anniversary for the Andromeda 1 fire.
Approaching an altitude when the rocket would eventually disappear, a haze of foam & gases began to appear around the rocket & some of it leaked from the S-IC engines & cracks between the S-IC & S-II & the S-II & S-IVB & the LES. The crew never witnessed this & contemplated abort. 73 seconds after launch, Anderson pulled the abort handle & the whole rocket exploded.
The problem during the launch was the LES. The foamy gases around the rocket were an unusual meteorological effect from winds & the gases were potent rocket fuel that wasn't lit. Some was harmless. The crew believed that the rocket would be destroyed in the middle of the flight & they aborted the mission with the second handle, activating the LES. First, the LES had a defect & the boost protective cover on the CM wasn't perfect & the LES gases were too strong. Second, the burning of the LES caused the gases surrounding the spacecraft to ignite & combust to create an explosion, destroying the entire rocket. Had the crew stayed within the mission or jettisoned the LES & used the Abort 1 method, this disaster could have been averted.