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This crash marks the fifth failed space mission for Russia in 2011 so far

A Siberian man had a piece of a Russian satellite crash through his home after a system failure sent both the communication satellite and its rocket plummeting back to the Earth's surface.

Andrei Krivorukov, the homeowner, went out to his yard minutes before the crash to gather firewood. A fragment of a Meridian satellite then crashed through his roof while he remained outside unharmed.

The Meridian satellite, which is used to provide communication between airplanes, vessels and coastal stations for both military and civilian purposes, had launched last Friday from the Plesetsk space centre in northern Russia. It sat atop a Soyuz-2 carrier rocket, which crashed near the city of Tobolsk only minutes after lift-off.

Krivorukov's home, which is in the Ordyn district, had a titanium ball of about 5 kg smash through his roof.

No one was harmed in the crash, but the village administration has agreed to repair the house for free.

This crash marks the fifth failed space mission for Russia in 2011 so far. Some others that have occurred throughout the year include a failed Rokot launch to deliver a military satellite called Geo-lK2 into orbit, and a failed mission where a Proton rocket delivered its $300 million satellite payload into the wrong orbit.

Experts are currently investigating what went wrong with the Soyuz-2 carrier rocket.

"This area of the space industry is in sort of a crisis," said Vladimir Popovin, Russian space agency chief. "We can say even now that the problem lies in the engine."

Source: NDTV

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RE: hmmmm
By woody1 on 12/26/2011 11:04:16 AM , Rating: 5
The decision to retire the Space Shuttle was made under the REPUBLICAN President George W. Bush. How do you turn that inescapable fact into an opportunity to bash Obama?

RE: hmmmm
By GuinnessKMF on 12/26/2011 11:18:51 AM , Rating: 1
Did you hear? Everything is an opportunity to bash Obama. I ran out of dishwasher soap this morning ... damn Obama.

RE: hmmmm
By dryloch on 12/26/2011 11:28:41 AM , Rating: 1
The space shuttles are very old and were falling apart so Bush decided to REPLACE them with the Orion Project. Obama was the one who cancelled the Orion project.

RE: hmmmm
By woody1 on 12/26/2011 11:41:22 AM , Rating: 3
That must me the Fox "News" version of the story. The reality is that the Orion project originated by the Bush administration was expected to have it's first manned mission in 2014, while the Shuttle was planned to retire in 2010. The Obama did not cancel Orion, they changed the focus away from Moon exploration toward near earth orbit and Mars exploration. The current project is the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle and is scheduled for testing in 2013 or 2014.

RE: hmmmm
By Gondor on 12/26/2011 6:23:57 PM , Rating: 2
You said
The Obama

RE: hmmmm
By woody1 on 12/27/2011 1:23:42 PM , Rating: 2
OOps, typo. I meant to say "The Obama administration....."

RE: hmmmm
By Ammohunt on 12/30/2011 9:33:08 PM , Rating: 3
Nice spin..

RE: hmmmm
By Alexvrb on 12/27/2011 8:53:26 PM , Rating: 2
So because a decision was made during the Bush administration, that somehow stops Obama and Congress after he's gone? Bullcrap. They wanted the shuttle dead too, or else they'd have kept it alive longer. Regardless, I don't care about retiring it. Retiring it is fine. It is outdated junk, and too damn expensive to launch and maintain.

The REAL problem is where is the replacement? How far off is that? No let me guess, NASA's budgest woes even after Bush left office are somehow Bush's fault too. At this rate I'm guessing we'll have a suitable replacement around 2025.

RE: hmmmm
By ameriman on 12/28/2011 5:32:16 PM , Rating: 2
Private industry like SpaceX already has boosters and capsules superior to anything NASA can develop...

We could start tomorrow, building modules, linking/fueling them in orbit, and GO TO MARS.. using existing commercial rockets and capsules..

Instead, Congress is FORCING NASA to blow $60 billion+ to develop a new unwanted/unneeded Government Monster Rocket SLS... forcing use of 'big space' legacy former shuttle profiteer corporations...after NASA just blew $20 billion on their failed/canceled Constellation booster/capsule project..

A Space Program is noble and worthwhile, but wasting $60+ billion on greedy Congressional Govt PORK is immoral.

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