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UNMANNED RUSSIAN ROCKET CRASHES AT LIFTOFF

By Ted Bonnitt on July 1st, 2013
UNMANNED RUSSIAN ROCKET CRASHES AT LIFTOFF
Rocket failure at Baikonur Cosmodrome facility in Kazakhstan.
Rocket failure at Baikonur Cosmodrome facility in Kazakhstan.

Russian media reports that an unmanned Russian rocket carrying three navigation satellites crashed shortly after lift-off from the Russian-leased Baikonur launch facility in Kazakhstan on Tuesday, July 2. There were no reported injuries.

State-run Rossiya-24 television showed footage of the Proton-M booster rockets veering off course seconds after lift-off, rotating and falling apart in the air and crashing in a ball of fire near the launch pad.  (Reporting by Dmitry Solovyov; Editing by Steve Gutterman Reuters)


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