Indian Launch Vehicle Fails
SPACE.com Download time: Dec 26 2010 9:52 AM ET
India's largest rocket lost control and erupted in a fireball Saturday, dealing another blow to the country's space program after back-to-back failures of the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle.
The 167-foot-tall launcher blasted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Center at 1034 GMT (5:34 a.m. EST), or just after 4 p.m. local time Saturday. The launch site is on Sriharikota Island on the east coast of India.
Trouble struck the rocket less than a minute after liftoff, when video footage showed the vehicle veering from its flight path, tumbling out of control and being engulfed in a fireball.…
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