Watch as a Russian Proton-M rocket explodes seconds after launch (Update: New video showing a much wider view of the explosion)
Below you can see footage of an unmanned Russian rocket exploding at the Baikonaur Cosmodrome this morning.
[Update – 2 July 19:45pm – A new video of this rocket explosion has emerged showing the failure in its entirety. You can watch the new video above, while the original is below.]
At 02:38:22 UTC today an unmanned Russian Proton-M rocket blasted off at the Baikonaur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, carrying three satellites for Russia’s Glonass (global) navigation system.
However, just seconds after launch the 712,000 kilogram rocket began veering off course when one of its engines failed. The result was a tumbling inferno that impacted the ground just 42 seconds into the flight. Fortunately, no one was hurt in the incident.