Monday, 10 December, 2018


NASA astronaut, Russian cosmonaut make emergency landing after Soyuz rocket failure

Kristine Garrett | 11 October, 2018, 13:17

Astronauts are to make an emergency landing after their Russian Soyuz rocket malfunctioned on lift-off to the International Space Station.

The rocket took off from Kazakhstan with Russian Cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin and U.S. astronaut Nick Hague on board.

"Teams have confirmed the spacecraft separated from the booster and are in contact with the crew as the capsule returns in a ballistic decent mode". Soyuz is now the only means for crews to travel to and from the station, with commercial crew vehicles by Boeing and SpaceX not expected to be ready to enter service before the middle of 2019.

The US space agency Nasa said there was an "issue with the booster".

The Soyuz MS-10 rocket had four boosters strapped to its central core.

A duo of astronauts from the USA and Russian Federation has blasted off for a mission on the International Space Station.

Agencies cited sources as saying that the crew was safe and was making an emergency landing in Kazakhstan where Thursday's unsuccessful launch took place.

Search and rescue teams were heading to the area to recover the crew.

Today's flight is the first space mission for Hague, who joined NASA's astronaut corps in 2013. The launch appeared to be normal until around first stage separation, when the crew reported a "failure" with the booster and feeling weightlessness. Hague and Ovchinin will spend about six months living and working aboard the orbiting lab.

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