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Russia’s
Roscosmos space agency said the Proton-M rocket was launched just
before midnight Monday from the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in
Kazakhstan. The booster’s first stages worked fine, but the upper stage
intended to give the final push to the satellites switched off
prematurely.

The agency said that the engine’s malfunction
stranded the Russian Express MD-2 and Indonesia’s Telkom-3 satellites in
a low orbit where they can’t be recovered.

“The satellites can be considered lost,” Roscosmos spokeswoman Anna Vedishcheva said on Rossiya television.

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