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Russia satellite falls back to Earth

2011-12-23 18:02

Moscow - A Russian satellite on Friday fell back to Earth over Siberia after its launch, reports said, in the latest setback for Russia's space programme following a string of failures in the last year.

The Meridian communications satellite "fell to the territory of Siberia" after its launch from the Plesetsk cosmodrome, the Interfax news agency said, quoting a space industry source.

The RIA Novosti agency said it had come down over the region of the western Siberian town of Tobolsk.

Comments
  • Gareth - 2011-12-23 18:29

    what goes up must come down.but sad,hope they learn and improve on each attempt

      Richard Sibanda - 2011-12-23 22:52

      Communists wont learn from their mistakes wasting millions

      Eugene - 2011-12-24 09:54

      Um, Richard, it's been a while since Russia has been communist, and their space program is nowadays at least as successful, if not more so, than that of the U.S. Unmanned probes are always risky, and failures happen. If memory serves, something like 60 or 70 percent of unmanned missions are successful, and the nations who have been in the business the longest and therefore have the most experience, tend to be the most successful.

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