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Russia loses space rocket after programming it to take off from the wrong launch site




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Russian space scientists have lost a rocket worth a staggering £43 million after programming it to take off from the wrong launch station. A weather satellite and nearly 20 micro-satellites from other nations were destroyed following a failed launch from Russia’s new cosmodrome on November 28.

And in another blow to the Russian space industry, communications with a Russian-built communications satellite for Angola, the African nation’s first space vehicle, were lost following its launch on Tuesday.

Russia’s latest space launch failures have prompted authorities to take a closer look into the nation’s struggling space industry, the Kremlin has announced. Amid the failures, Russian officials have engaged in a round of finger-pointing.

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