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  'Super rocket' explodes on first flight
Updated 12 December 2002, 07.54
All launches of the Ariane have been put on hold
A brand new super rocket has exploded on its very first flight.

The Ariane broke into pieces just three minutes after it took off from French Guiana in South America.

No one was on board but loads of expensive equipment was destroyed in the blast.

Launches put on hold

The Ariane before take-off
It's not quite clear what went wrong, but experts think there wasn't enough power to blast the rocket into space.

All launches of the European super rocket have now been put on hold.

The first attempt to launch the Ariane also failed back in November because of a computer glitch.

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