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Proton-M rocket crashed after blast-off.
On July 02, 2013 at 02:38 UTC the "Proton” rocket-carrier with 3 navigation satellites was to be launched from Baykonur Cosmodrome. The rocket, carrying three Glonass-M satellites, changed its flight direction a few seconds after takeoff, falling and exploding over the space center.


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India launched its first navigation satellite
On July 01, 2013 at 18:11 UTC the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-C22 (PSLV) was launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Center on India's east coast. The rocket orbited the "IRNSS-1A” satellite (Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System).
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Pegasus launch put a solar research spacecraft in orbit.
On June 28 at 01:30 UTC the L-1011 "Stargazer” aircraft-carrier departed Vandenberg Air Force Base. The aircraft carried an Orbital Sciences Pegasus XL rocket hooked to the belly.
Flying a pre-determined "race track pattern" northward over the Pacific, the aircraft flew by the drop zone to measure weather conditions while the launch team conducted countdown testing.
Achieving the precise heading and receiving a final "go" from the ground-based launch officials, co-pilot pushed a button on the center console of the cockpit that opened hooks holding the rocket and Pegasus was away cleanly.
The "Pegasus XL” rocket free-fell for five seconds, dropping 300 feet below the aircraft while traveling at Mach 0.82. During the plunge, the onboard flight computer sensed the rocket's separation from the carrier jet and issued a command to release the safety inhibits in preparation for ignition.
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Russia launched a military satellite.
On June 27, 2013 at 16:53 UTC the "Stela” (RS-18) rocket-carrier was launched from Baykonur Cosmodrome. The rocket orbited the "Kondor” military remote sensing satellite.
Strela (it means arrow) is a Russian rocket-carrier designed on the base of the Soviet/Russian UR-100N intercontinental ballistic missile also known as SS-19 Stiletto named by the NATO.
Kondor is a military reconnaissance satellites developed by NPO Mashinostroyeniya for the Russian Aerospace Defence Forces.

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Shenzhou-10 spacecraft returned to Earth.
On June 26, 2013 at 00:07 UTC the Chinese "Shenzhou-10” landing capsule landed safely at the designated area in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.
The spacecraft delivered to Earth the 3 Chinese cosmonauts - two male, one female. Nie Haisheng, Zhang Xiaoguang and Wang Yaping were in good shape after landing.
During their mission in space, the cosmonauts docked twice with the Tiangong-1 space station, which had been in orbit since September 2011.

Cosmonauts (from left to right) Zhang Xiaoguang, Nie Haisheng and Wang Yaping salute after returning to earth in the re-entry capsule of China's Shenzhou-10 spacecraft.

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Russian rocket was launched from French Cosmodrome.
On June 25, 2013 at 19:27 UTC the "Soyuz-ST” rocket carrier was launched from Kourou Cosmodrome in French Guiana. The rocket equipped with the "Fregat-MG” upper stage orbited 4 telecommunications satellites 03b Network to begin the assembly of a fleet of spacecraft equipped to beam broadband connectivity to billions of people beyond the reach of affordable high-speed Internet services.
It was the second Soyuz rocket launch in less than two hours, coming after a similar Russian-built launcher took off from Baykonur Cosmodrome with an Earth observation satellite.

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