Putin Demands Explanation After Russian Space Rocket Launch Aborted

June 27, 2014 7:46 PM

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Putin Demands Explanation After Russian Space Rocket Launch Aborted

The first launch of Russia's new space rocket after two decades of development was aborted Friday moments before its blastoff as President Vladimir Putin was watching via live feed.

The botched attempt to launch the Angara booster rocket was the latest mishap to dog Russia's troubled space industries, whose Soviet-era glory has faded in a series of launch failures. Angara is built to replace the Soyuz, a workhorse of the Soviet and then Russian space program, designed more than...

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