MOSCOW | Russia blames rocket failure on mistake during assembly

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MOSCOW  — A Russian official says an investigation has found that a failed rocket launch three weeks ago was caused by a sensor that was damaged during assembly.

The Soyuz-FG rocket carrying a NASA astronaut and his Russian crewmate failed two minutes into the Oct. 11 flight, sending their emergency capsule into a sharp fall back to Earth. The two men landed safely.

A top Russian official earlier blamed the failure on a malfunction of a sensor but didn’t explain why it didn’t work.

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