Russian rocket crashes in Siberia

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Moscow: A Russian rocket carrying a Mexican communication satellite crashed in the Chita region of Siberia on Saturday soon after the launch.

The final stage of the Russian Proton-M carrier failed to deliver a Mexican communication satellite to the designated orbit and crashed, as per a report in the Intrafax news agency.

The agency, quoting a source in Russia’s space industry, gave no other details. Other Russian news agencies quoted officials as saying the third stage of the carrier rocket malfunctioned about 500 seconds after its launch from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan