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Russian space rocket explodes after launch

Tuesday, Jul 02, 2013 - 00:47

July 2 - A Russian rocket set to transport three satellites into space explodes mid-air soon after blasting off from Kazakhstan. Jessica Gray reports.

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A Russian Proton-M rocket blasts off from a Kazakhstan base on Tuesday. All seems to be going well, until the rocket suddenly takes a nose dive. Shortly after, it begins to break apart and then explodes in a fiery blaze before crashing to the ground near the launch pad. The Interfax news agency reported that personnel inside bunkers nearby survived. The rocket was carrying three satellites worth about $200 million dollars, for Russia's troubled Glonass satellite navigation system. The country's space programme has suffered several setbacks in recent years, including botched satellite launches.

Russian space rocket explodes after launch

Tuesday, Jul 02, 2013 - 00:47

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