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Russia's Space Program Takes Another Hit as Rocket Explodes

Fri, 16 May 2014 18:21:08 +0000

iStock/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) -- Russia's space program suffered another black eye on Thursday when an unmanned rocket exploded.

The Proton-M rocket blew up after takeoff, destroying a communication satellite on board.

The rocket ran into problems about nine minutes after blasting off in Kazakhstan.

Thursday's incident is just the latest in a string of embarrassments for the Russian space program. Last year, a similar rocket exploded on takeoff after some sensors were installed backward.

The cause of the latest failure is under investigation.

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