Russian Space Rocket Explodes After Launch

Created: 2013-07-03 05:30 EST

Category: World > Europe
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 A Russian Proton-M rocket blasts off from a Kazakhstan base on Tuesday.

 
All seems to be going well, until the rocket suddenly takes a nose dive.
 
Shortly after, it begins to break apart and then explodes in a fiery blaze before crashing to the ground near the launch pad.
 
The Interfax news agency reported that personnel inside bunkers nearby survived.
 
The rocket was carrying three satellites worth about $200 million dollars, for Russia's troubled Glonass satellite navigation system.
 
The country's space programme has suffered several setbacks in recent years, including botched satellite launches.