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US, Russian astronauts survive Soyuz emergency landing

Cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin and NASA astronaut Nick Hague at the pre-launch ceremony in Kazakhstan Cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin and NASA astronaut Nick Hague at the pre-launch ceremony in Kazakhstan
Kristine Garrett | 13 October, 2018, 18:39

Experts concluded that a software programmer forgot to change the launch coordinates.

A USA astronaut and his Russian crewmate arrived Friday at the Russian space center for medical checks following a failed launch that led to an emergency landing in the steppes of Kazakhstan.

"A subcommission has been created that will be engaged in considering the options for ISS further exploitation". Roscosmos also announced it is forming a commission to investigate the cause of the booster failure. Roscosmos has earned billions of dollars in fees ferrying astronauts into orbit since NASA retired its fleet of space shuttles in 2011. "We are thrilled that, even though it was a launch failure, all of the safety systems worked".

Historically, failures have plagued many launch vehicles.

There are now three crew members aboard the ISS: NASA astronaut Serena M. Auñón-Chancellor, the European Space Agency's Alexander Gerst, and cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev.

Russian flight controllers described the forces experienced by Hague and Ovchinin as six to seven Gs due to the lack of velocity when the failure occurred. This Hague's first flight. Helicopters have already dispatched to look for the Soyuz space capsule, she said.

"Shortly after launch, there was an anomaly with the booster and the launch ascent was aborted", NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a statement.

The Russian space agency said on Friday it may bring forward the launch of the next mission to the ISS.

US astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin parachuted to the ground safely in their capsule after a booster on the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft failed, NASA and Russia's space agency said.

Billionaire Elon Musk's Space Explorations Technologies Corp. and Boeing Co. have contracts to deliver astronauts to the ISS starting next year, which may threaten a key source of funding for Russia's space program.

Two other private companies are both developing new engines in roughly the same class as the RD-180: Blue Origin, started by the billionaire owner of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, and Aerojet Rocketdyne.

Relations between the USA and Russian Federation have been very tense in recent years.

NASA has also suffered a number of launch failures over the years.

The ability of the Russian-American crew to return safely after the latest mishap drew relief from senior Russian officials.

NASA and Roscosmos officials say they are launching an investigation into exactly what went wrong with the rocket and why.

Because the Soyuz is the only option right now for manned travel, Roskosmos is expected to give the Soyuz the green light to resume operations, if only so that the space station isn't abandoned.

All manned launches have been suspended and a criminal probe has been launched.

A NASA commentator on the agency's TV network describes a ballistic landing this way: "That means it comes in at a sharper angle to land than we normally land at".

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