Nightly News   |  July 02, 2013

Failed launch sends Russian rocket plummeting

A rocket carrying three navigation satellites crashed into Kazakhstan shortly after liftoff, one of several failed satellite launches in recent years. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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>>> an explosive and expensive failure for a russian proton rocket carrying a payload of three navigation satellites. there it goes, launched from the space center in kazakhstan. something switched the engines off 17 seconds into the mission. spilling toxic oil fuel across a wide area. this makes almost a dozen failed satellite launches in recent years for russia. all blamed on engineering failures.