Russian Proton-M rocket crashes in Siberia




The Russian space agency Roscosmos seems again to have a setback, now it seems that the launch of a Proton-M rocket failed. Some time after takeoff, something went wrong, causing the rocket crashed in Siberia.

The Russian state news agency Tass reported that about 08:47 Moscow time an “emergency” took place with the Proton-M rocket was launched shortly before from the Baikonur space base in Kazakhstan. Just before the rocket his load, a Mexican satellite, should release something went wrong. What exactly went wrong is still unclear, but it seems that the rocket should be considered lost.

According to the Russian authorities are parts of the rocket landed in the south-east of Siberia. It involves the area around Chita, a city north of the border with Kazakhstan. The local authorities would be informed, but it is still unclear whether there was real danger for residents: the area is very sparsely populated.

It is the second setback for the Russian space quickly. Recently threw a Progress space capsule, which was supposed to bring supplies to the International Space Station, down and burned in the atmosphere. This has also caused the astronauts in the International Space Station as it will need longer stay since arriving flights are delayed. The problem with the Proton-M is also likely to postpone future flights worries.


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