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    The date for the next launch of a Proton-M carrier rocket will be determined in June, Russia's Federal Space Agency Roscosmos said on Friday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The latest of seven Proton carrier rocket failures over the past five years occurred on May 16. A Proton-M with a payload of cargo for the International Space Station lost its telemetry contact with the Earth after reaching space and began spinning out of control.

    A few days later, it fell from an uncontrollable orbit and burned up in the atmosphere.

    "Roscosmos will announce the next launch date for Proton-M carrier rocket sometime in June, 2015," Roscosmos head, Igor Komarov told reporters in Moscow.

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