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Russian rocket launch fails

Report: Russian space rocket breaks apart after launch

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    Friday, May 16, 2014, 9:22 AM - Russian state media report a space rocket launch went sour Friday, destroying the booster and its payload.

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    According to a Russian news agency, officials on the ground lost contact with the Proton-M rocket nine minutes after it lifted off in Kazakhstan.

    The rocket had veered off path, causing an emergency system to cut off propulsion.

    Officials say the rocket was to carry a communications satellite into orbit.

    It was about 160 km high into its ascent at the time and burned up in the atmosphere.

    Friday's mishap marks the second time a Proton rocket has been destroyed after liftoff within a year, and is one in a series of failures by the Russian space program.

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