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Russian satellite crashes into Siberia after launch

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 A Russian satellite on Friday crashed into Siberia minutes after its launch due to rocket failure, the defense ministry said, in the latest humiliating setback for Russia’s embattled space programme.

The failure of the Soyuz-2.1B rocket — a member of the same family that Russia uses to send humans to space — comes after a supply ship bound for the International Space Station (ISS) carried by a Soyuz crashed into Siberia in August.

“The satellite failed to go into its orbit. A state commission will investigate the causes of the accident,” the spokesman of Russia’s space forces Alexei Zolotukhin told the Interfax news agency.

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