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Vote Now! Best Space Stories of the Week - Dec. 25, 2011

Russian Satellite Crashes in Siberia

Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos)

A Russian communications satellite crashed just after liftoff Friday (Dec. 23) when its rocket apparently failed, the latest in a series of rocket launch failures for the country this year.

An unmanned Soyuz-2 rocket launched the Meridian military communications satellite from Plesetsk Cosmodrome in the Russian northern region. But the rocket failed to reach orbit, making it the fifth failed space mission for Russia in 2011. [Full Story]

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