Why NASA Blew Up a Rocket Just After Launch. The disclosure that NASA intentionally blew up the Orbital Sciences rocket because of a launch anomaly got me thinking about life and law practice and most human endeavor. When things go wrong, sometimes you have to blow it all up and start over. Protecting human life is more important than protecting hardware and software. Failure can be spectacular, as the fireball that was a rocket will attest. However, it is the quiet failure of surrender that is the most destructive. The answer? Never give up. Never surrender.