Russia has succesfully launched its massive Angara 5 rocket.
The spacecraft is the first new rocket to be developed by Russia since the fall of the Soviet Union.
Angara 5 was launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Northwest Russia.
Russian President Vladimir Putin tuned in to watch the blast off and spoke of its importance to the Russian space programme: "I thank all who participated in the work, engineers, designers and military servicemen. The task has been fulfilled with perfect precisi…
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