Rocket failure astronauts will go back into space - Russian official

Rocket failure astronauts will go back into space - Russian official

Rocket failure astronauts will go back into space - Russian official

On Thursday night Australian time, a Soyuz-FG booster rocket with a crewed Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft on top experienced a serious malfunction about three minutes into the flight, forcing USA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin to make an emergency landing in the Kazakh steppe.

The launch failure follows close on the heels of another Soyuz issue, in which a hole was discovered August 29 on the MS-09 spacecraft that delivered the most recent crew to the space station.

NASA and Roscosmos said search-and-rescue teams responded quickly to retrieve the crew members, whose spacecraft parachuted to Earth in an emergency landing in Kazakhstan.

The launch failure marks an unprecedented mishap for the Russian space program, which has been dogged by a string of other incidents. "Teams are working with our Russian partners to obtain more information about the issue with the booster from today's launch", the agency said.

The Soyuz rocket is launched with Expedition 57 Flight Engineer Nick Hague of NASA and Flight Engineer Alexey Ovchinin of Roscosmos at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Oct. 11, 2018.

It was to be the first space mission for Hague, who joined NASA's astronaut corps in 2013.

The NASA commentator later said the crew was in good condition and communicating with rescue workers after landing east of the Kazakh city of Zhezkazgan.

Footage from inside the Soyuz showed the two men being shaken around at the moment the failure occurred, with their arms and legs flailing.

Just over two minutes into the flight of the latest Soyuz rocket, delivering crew members to the International Space Station, the booster suffered some kind of in-flight accident, as debris was spotted in the rocket's wake during live coverage of the launch.

We can talk all we want about the future of space travel in light of the failure, but at the end of the day, this is a human story about two people who came way too close to dying in space Thursday.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov said all manned launches will be suspended pending an investigation into the cause of the failure.

There was no immediate word on whether Mr Gertz and the current space station crew might need to extend their own six-month missions.

An "anomaly" with the booster led to the launch being aborted, NASA later said.

NASA said the incident was the first time a crew has failed to reach orbit after liftoff. "Search and rescue crews are always pre-staged in the event something like this does happen", Dean added.

Russia's space industry, however, has been going through a troubled period, hit by corruption cases and problems with its newer rockets, according to Yahoo! The crew was forced to abort the flight after the rocket failed and, while the capsule containing the travelers managed to drift back down to Earth in once piece, the crew of the ISS caught a glimpse of the failed mission as it fell apart. For now, the two astronauts are safe as are NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor, German astronaut Alexander Gerst and cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev.

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