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Don’t freak out: the Proton-M rocket that crashed and burned was an unmanned spacecraft. We’re not trying to laugh at anyone’s demise here.
The Russian rocket collapsed back to Earth in a fireball just seconds after it was launched from a spaceport in Kazakhstan overnight.
The unmanned Proton-M was carrying three navigation satellites into space before it crashed less than a minute into its flight. The crash site was less than a kilometre from the launchpad.
This video was shot by a bystander watching the rocket launch, and they sound pretty upset when it crashes back to Earth. I would be too if I got hit with that giant, deafening blastwave.