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Great post! And I agree. Just google for 'Delta launch failure' and find interesting recent YouTube footage of several epic US launch vehicle explosions and expensive payload losses. And that's just 'Delta'...
Thanks! Overall the launch success rate worldwide is 90% I think (a buddy sent me some data) which is pretty great given the inherent risks of using propellants, etc. I feel like these things sometimes happen and just cannot be predicted (on both sides). Unfortunately, with the end of the shuttle program, this was bad timing. I feel bad for the Russian space program because this casts them in an unflattering light, which isn't fair to them.
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