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