Unmanned Russian rocket explodes seconds after liftoff
July 2, 2013 -- Updated 1035 GMT (1835 HKT)
- There are no immediate reports of casualties
- The rocket was carrying three satellites
- The launch was broadcast live on television
(CNN) -- An unmanned Russian rocket veered off course and exploded in a fireball Tuesday, seconds after liftoff from a launch pad in Kazakhstan.
There were no immediate reports of casualties.
The Proton-M rocket was carrying three satellites for Russia's Global Navigation Satellite System, or Glonass, reported the RIA Novosti news agency.
Glonass is the Russian equivalent to the United States' Global Positioning System, or GPS.
The rocket had just taken off from the Baikonur space center, in a launch broadcast live on television.
Seconds later, it changed course, burst into flames and dove nose-first into the ground.
In 2010, another Proton-M rocket carrying three satellites crashed in the Pacific Ocean.
Authorities have suspended further launches of the rockets as they investigate what caused the explosion.
Part of complete coverage on
December 13, 2013 -- Updated 1644 GMT (0044 HKT)
Put aside out-of-date views of Africa and see it the way Africans seem to: With a high level of optimism, a CNN survey shows.
December 13, 2013 -- Updated 0937 GMT (1737 HKT)
The all too real political theater playing out in Pyongyang may offer another tantalizing glimpse behind the opaque curtain of the North Korea.
Read the journal of Mira Sorvino, a human rights activist and Oscar winning actress, who went to Cambodia with the CNN Freedom Project.
December 13, 2013 -- Updated 0757 GMT (1557 HKT)
Kenya could reinvent itself as a center for innovation. But it needs to build new research universities and expand its education, one expert argues.
December 12, 2013 -- Updated 1819 GMT (0219 HKT)
The sign language interpreter widely ridiculed for his performance at the Nelson Mandela memorial stands by his work.
December 12, 2013 -- Updated 1456 GMT (2256 HKT)
Behind the scenes in Cambodian karaoke bars -- a common front for child prostitution.
December 12, 2013 -- Updated 0446 GMT (1246 HKT)
A global risk firm surveys the most politically explosive countries.
December 12, 2013 -- Updated 1509 GMT (2309 HKT)
On Tuesday, I was free. On Wednesday, I became a criminal. India's high court just made being gay illegal, writes Tushar Malik.
December 12, 2013 -- Updated 1046 GMT (1846 HKT)
A Japanese actor says playing villians in Chinese films has helped the China-Japan divide. CNN's Ivan Watson reports.
December 11, 2013 -- Updated 1524 GMT (2324 HKT)
Pope Francis is Time's person of the year. His papacy has drawn adulation from people around the world for his man-of-the-people ways.
He was imprisoned for life but that did not quiet him. Nelson Mandela became South Africa's first black president, and an icon and inspiration.
December 13, 2013 -- Updated 1333 GMT (2133 HKT)
Browse through images you don't always see in news reports, taken by CNN teams all around the world.
Today's five most popular stories