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Three Russian Satellites Crash Into Pacific Ocean

A recent mission to send three satellites into space as part of Russia's Glonass project, a navigation network that is supposed to rival GPS, failed after a programming error reportedly caused the booster rocket carrying the satellites to go off course.

The Christian Science Monitor reports that the Russian Proton-M that was to carry the three Glonass-M units into space went astray after a successful blastoff at Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan and engineers were forced to abort.

The rocket crashed down in the Pacific ocean somewhere near Hawaii. Though CSM reports that Russian space experts are taking the approximately $500 million loss "philosophically," Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has given orders for a full audit of the $2 billion project and is asking for those responsible for the failed mission to be named and shamed.

Read the full story on Christian Science Monitor.

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