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Russian space rocket explodes after launch

Tuesday, July 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.

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Russian space rocket explodes after launch

Tuesday, July 02, 2013 - 00:47