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FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE: Russian rocket carrying U.S. military/civilian satellite plunges into Pacific 40 seconds after launch...

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The launch of a Russian rocket carrying an American communications satellite ended in disaster today after it plunged into the sea 40 seconds after blast-off.

Grainy footage of the launch being streamed online was cut shortly after 6.56am GMT when the space-bound vessel got into trouble.

The Swiss-based Sea Launch company sent up their Zenit-3SL rocket from the Odyssey Launch Platform in the Pacific Ocean on Friday.

Disaster: The Russian rocket Zenit-3SL was launched from the Sea Launch pad in the Pacific today but crashed 40 seconds later (file pic)

However, the vessel – along with its Intelsat 27 telecommunications satellite inside - suffered a failure during the first stage of its flight.

It is claimed the rocket’s engines shut off stopped automatically because its trajectory was wrong.

Odyssey sits on the equator and is a launch pad made from a converted oil rig. 

A team control its flight from a boat six kilometres away. A team is now searching for the downed rocket. Read more via The Daily Mail...

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