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Space Junk From Failed Russian Launch Found in China

Space Junk From Failed Russian Launch Found in China

Screen capture from the live video of the Proton-M rocket launching from Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan on Friday.  Roscosmos
Screen capture from the live video of the Proton-M rocket launching from Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan on Friday.  Roscosmos

The old adage “what goes up must come down” isn’t always true for space launches — usually we like to keep things “up” for an indefinite amount of time. But after a failed rocket launch, space hardware usually has a premature trip back to Earth, sometimes surviving fiery reentry.  On Friday, a Russian Proton-M rocket carrying a communications satellite failed only minutes after launch, yet another failure in a troubling trend for the nation’s space launch capabilities. On Sunday, Chinese media reported the recovery of space junk that has now been identified as pieces from that failed Proton rocket.

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May 23, 2014


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