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Video: Russian Rocket Explodes Over Kazakhstan

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No explanation for the accident as of yet, though this is not the first incident associated with this breed of rocket.

You might have heard that a Russian rocket exploded soon after take off in Kazakhstan. The BBC reports that the Russian Proton M rocket was unmanned and carrying three satellites for Russia's Glonass satellite navigation system. The incident occurred near the Baikonur Cosmodrome space facility in Kazakhstan. Thankfully, nobody was injured, but the satellites on board the rocket were worth $200 million, and the LA Times cites RIA-Novosti news agency as saying work at Baikonur could be suspended for up to three months to clean up the fuel at the crash site.

If you haven't already seen it, you can check out the rocket's launch and subsequent explosion in the video below:

Russian Rocket Explodes (07.02.2013)

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    __-_-_-__ , July 3, 2013 4:31 AM
    had 3 glonass satellites inside... I guess there was a failure in the guiding system :p 
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    __-_-_-__ , July 3, 2013 4:57 AM
    had 3 glonass satellites inside... I guess there was a failure in the guiding system :p 
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    hydac7 , July 3, 2013 4:58 AM
    Now that's a fast way to burn through 200 million :|
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    SR-71 Blackbird , July 3, 2013 5:10 AM
    Back to the drawing board.
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    abbadon_34 , July 3, 2013 5:27 AM
    So glad Obama cancelled our manned space program to outsource to Russia.
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    Joe Black , July 3, 2013 6:18 AM
    Well you can bet if it was insured then somewhere there is a broker that is still struggling to crawl out from under whatever happened when seeing this video.
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    Be0wulf22 , July 3, 2013 7:12 AM
    Actually, Bush cancelled the manned space program. google it.

    "The Shuttle's chief purpose over the next several years will be to help finish assembly of the International Space Station. In 2010, the Space Shuttle — after nearly 30 years of duty — will be retired from service."

    — President George W. Bush
    January 14, 2004

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    Be0wulf22 , July 3, 2013 7:12 AM
    Actually, Bush cancelled the manned space program. google it.

    "The Shuttle's chief purpose over the next several years will be to help finish assembly of the International Space Station. In 2010, the Space Shuttle — after nearly 30 years of duty — will be retired from service."

    — President George W. Bush
    January 14, 2004

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    Be0wulf22 , July 3, 2013 7:14 AM
    f*#$ing IE double posted. sorry...
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    tinmann , July 3, 2013 7:28 AM
    I saw this the other day. The article said the engines shutdown several seconds into the launch sequence. The Russian aeronautical agency is taking a lot of heat, we are taking 10 satellites in seven rocket failures in little more than a year.
    And why is the United States out sourcing our space shots? Did we not pioneer space? Should we not like, own space. Our country got it's greatness through industrialization but they are trying to run it like a business. But in business how much business can you give away and stay in business. If your the best well you strive to stay the best. I say Expand NASA at Cape Kennedy and Houston and build more space ports. Reach for the stars...Damnit.
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    house70 , July 3, 2013 7:29 AM
    That's a shame. Good thing the flight was unmanned. Wish them all the best and quick recovery.
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    house70 , July 3, 2013 7:30 AM
    As far as the cause of this was, there is evidence of an emergency shutdown of one of the engines, rendering the flight unstable.
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    Pailin , July 3, 2013 7:48 AM
    Kinda must put a bit of a dent in the concept of joining the Elite Group of Space Tourists flying Russian...

    Not everything is about saving a few $
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    gamebrigada , July 3, 2013 8:18 AM
    @tinmann... Technically the Russians Pioneered space. Common dude, everyone knows Yuri Gagarin was the first man in space... Also the Russians have been taking American satellites into orbit for decades. Shit happens.

    Honestly looks like an overcorrection. I notice one of the engine seems to shut down but then it attempts to correct itself but does not account for spin, sending it out of control.I feel like the satellites might be recoverable as you can see the last stage separated well before the explosion. It might at least partially be recoverable. Besides, whats with all the hatred towards Russia... Hell we wouldn't have the ISS if it wasn't for the damned Russians.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEFNjL86y9c
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    universalremonster , July 3, 2013 8:26 AM
    PAVEL BURE??? NNNOOOOO!!!!!!!
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    tinmann , July 3, 2013 5:40 PM
    We had it all but gave it all away but now we are going to take it back...all of it. Every time you look up you're not going to even see clouds, just Stars and Stripes We already own the Moon and Mars next we are going for interplanetary...nay, interstellar dominance.
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    Rhinofart , July 4, 2013 10:36 AM
    Tinman. You're an idiot.
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    beachbod , July 7, 2013 2:43 PM
    looks top heavy.
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