KAZAKHSTAN (CNN/RUSSIA 24) - An unmanned Russian rocket veered off course and exploded in a fireball on Tuesday, seconds after liftoff from a launch pad in Kazakhstan.
There were no immediate reports of casualties.
The RIA Novosti news agency reports the Proton-M rocket was carrying three satellites for Russia's global navigation satellite system, or GLONASS.
GLONASS is the Russian equivalent to the United States' global positioning system, or GPS.
The rocket had just taken off from the Baikonur Space Center, in a launch broadcast live on television.
Seconds later, it changed course, burst into flames and dove nose-first into the ground.
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