Russian Soyuz rocket malfunctions, makes emergency landing

13 October, 2018, 00:52 | Author: Bridget Leonard
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The Soyuz capsule has landed back on Earth carrying two crew members. Hague and Ovchinin are out of the capsule and are reported to be in good condition. "Teams are working with our Russian partners to obtain more information about the issue with the booster from today's launch", the United States agency said.

The Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft carrying the crew of astronaut Nick Hague of the USA and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin of Russian Federation blasts off to the International Space Station (ISS) from the launchpad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan October 11, 2018. The Soyuz is seen climbing normally towards space, and the NASA representative that comments the launch live is heard saying several times that everything is well and all is proceeding as planned.

While the two men landed safely, the aborted mission dealt another blow to the troubled Russian space program. An investigation into that anomaly and how the hole was formed is also underway.

NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Avchinin were inside the Soyuz MS-10 capsule when the rocket carrying it had what NASA described as a booster separation problem.

The station's ability to function with no humans onboard was confirmed by Russian Federation, but Roscosmos will do "everything possible" to avoid this scenario, Krikalev stressed.

Traveling to the International Space Station is a pretty special thing that only a very select group of people will ever have the opportunity to participate in. They were due to return to Earth in December, but may now be stuck there longer.

Rogozin said both would fly into space again, probably in the spring.

Relations between the USA and Russian Federation have been very tense in recent years. It separated from the third stage of the rocket early and fell to Earth in Russia's Tuva region.

The Soyuz MS-10, a Russian spacecraft, was transporting NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin, when it launched from Kazakhstan. Ovchinin and Hague were both traveling to the ISS to join the three astronauts now aboard - Gerst, NASA's Serena Auñón-Chancellor, and Roscosmos' Sergey Prokopyev.

Spaceflight historian Gunter Krebs noted on Twitter that the situation reminded him of another Soyuz rocket failure in 1972, when "an in-flight booster failure occurred and the crew was rescued after ballistic re-entry".

"I think this demonstrates how important it is. not be dependent on one system or another system".

While tensions between the United States and Russian Federation have been strained politically, the two countries still work together in space research. Bridenstine told reporters he didn't expect political differences to impinge.

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