Pall of gloom descends at GSLV mission control

This is the second consecutive failure of Geo-Stationary Launch Vehicle after the GSLV-D3 mission using India's own cryogenic engine after the first one had ended unsuccesfully in April this year.

Minutes after the lift-off from the second launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, GSLV F06 was seen exploding, leaving in its trail red and orange colour flames.

A melancholic silence enveloped the mission control tower where the country's top-most scientists, including ISRO Chairman K Radhakrishnan, were glued to the monitors.

As the scientists saw the rocket go up in flames, silence gave way to murmurs of disappointment.

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