Russian investigators said they had opened a criminal probe into a failed rocket launch that caused a two-man crew to make an emergency landing shortly after blast-off to the ISS on Thursday.
The probe would seek to determine whether safety regulations had been violated during construction, leading to massive damage, the statement said.
An "anomaly" with the booster led to the voyage to the International Space Station being aborted two minutes in, NASA said.
The Russian space industry has suffered a series of problems in recent years, including the loss of a number of satellites and cargo spacecraft.
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