Global News Blog Rocket crash strains Russia's troubled space program (+video)

The $200 million explosion over a Kazakhstan launchpad is the latest in a series of expensive accidents involving Russian spacecraft over the past three years.

By , Correspondent

Vesti 24 via APTN/AP

A Russian Proton-M rocket booster carrying three navigation satellites for the Glonass network – Russia's answer to the US global positioning system – exploded within seconds of takeoff Tuesday, raining toxic debris down over a wide area around Kazakhstan's Baikonur cosmodrome.