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The director of a review board began investigating the failure of a rocket destroyed as it veered out of control shortly after liftoff last week. The Atlas-Centaur rocket launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida was carrying an $83-million communications satellite. Review board head Jon R. Busse, director of flight assurance at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, questioned launch director James L. Womack and technical personnel who have been conducting a preliminary investigation into the incident. "We'll sit down and start piling through the data, looking for some clue to what the problem was," Busse said. The board will begin its formal investigation Tuesday.

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