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Indian space rocket explodes after lift-off

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The Indian GSLV-F06 rocket is seen before its ill-fated launch in Sriharikota, India on Saturday, Dec. 25. The unmanned rocket, which was carrying a communications satellite, blew up in its first stage after launching from the Sriharikota space center.

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An Indian Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle blasts off carrying a satellite Saturday, Dec. 25.

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A rocket explodes in mid-air shortly after its launch in Sriharikota. This marks the second failure for the Indian Space Research Organization this year. A previous developmental flight of the geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle mission failed in April, causing the rocket to plunge into the Bay of Bengal.

A rocket carrying an Indian communications satellite exploded seconds after lift-off from a launchpad in the country's south on Saturday, officials said, in a potential setback for its commercial space business.

The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) exploded in the first stage of the flight, leaving a trail of smoke and fire. The initial launch of the GSAT-5P satellite had been pushed back because of an engine defect.

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