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Three Soviet cosmonauts preparing to go aloft survived when their rocket exploded on the launch pad Tuesday, according to US intelligence sources quoted by the Washington Post. The cosmonauts were to replace the two crewmen aboard the orbiting Salyut 7 space station. The sources said their spacecraft was ejected upward when the rocket blew up beneath them and they returned to earth by parachute.