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NASA astronaut describes dramatic escape from failed Soyuz rocket

NASA astronaut describes dramatic escape from failed Soyuz rocket NASA astronaut describes dramatic escape from failed Soyuz rocket
Kristine Garrett | 17 October, 2018, 22:26

In an interview with state Rossiya-24 television, Ovchinin said that "the direction of this (G-force) overload during the descent was from the chest to the back, so imagine that somebody put a big concrete block on your chest that is seven times your weight".

Ovchinin said he and Hague understood something was wrong when emergency lights came on in the cabin. As per the Roscosmos' statement, the failure might have occurred due to the collision between the discarded first stage and the second stage of the rocket's booster. Most of the last two years I spent in Star city in Russian Federation, where the exercises we had to solve any emergency imaginable.

Back home in Houston, Hague told the Associated Press, "We knew that if we wanted to be successful, we needed to stay calm and we needed to execute the procedures in front of us smoothly and efficiently as we could".

Launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the mission was supposed to take the two men to the International Space Station (ISS). Instead, the pair's emergency rescue system kicked into action after a problem during booster separation.

The astronauts experienced a few moments of weightlessness after their Soyuz capsule catapulted away from the rocket. "And, luckily for us, it was smooth, flat terrain and it ended up as a pretty smooth landing".

On October 11, a Nasa astronaut and Russian cosmonaut were set to go to the International Space Station (ISS) for a six-month-long trip.

The failure "only helped to solidify my appreciation for how robust that system is", said Hague, 43, in an online question-and-answer session with reporters streamed by NASA.

"We looked at each other, we had grins from ears to ears. We have developed a sense of team that is necessary to deal with such incidents", said Hague.

The CEO of Singapore-based Equatorial Space Industries, Simon Gwozdz, told Khaleej Times that astronauts who are meant to go to the ISS soon should "expect some delays". "Sometimes you don't get a vote", Hague said. A spacewalk to inspect a hole in the manned Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft's hull delayed from mid-November over the abortive launch of the Soyuz-FG carrier rocket is planned for December, Roscosmos Executive Director for Manned Programs Sergei Krikalyov said on Wednesday.

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