Russian Rocket Crashes in Kazakhstan
Unmanned Proton-M kaput seconds after lift-off
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 2, 2013 12:50 AM CDT
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(Newser) – A Russian rocket carrying three satellites fell apart and crashed in a huge ball of flame seconds after lift-off this morning, spilling 170 tons of toxic fuel near Kazakhstan's Baikonur launch facility. The Proton-M rocket was unmanned and although it crashed near the launch pad, where personnel were in bunkers, the Russians say there were no casualties, Reuters reports. The three satellites, which were worth around $200 million, were to have been part of the Glonass navigation system, Russia's version of GPS.

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Jul 3, 2013 11:38 AM CDT
very unusual of Russia acknowledging a failure
Jul 2, 2013 7:18 AM CDT
Makes that ride to the space station just a bit more exciting.
Jul 2, 2013 6:11 AM CDT
Glad no one died. Sad though as maybe the 3 Navigation satellites, which were to expand and enhance the GPS system in Russia, would of been operational for next year's Winter Olympics and also the for the new Formula 1 race on the brand new race circuit earlier next year in Sochi.