After Rocket Failure, Astronauts To Go Back Into Space: Russian Official

Soyuz MS-10 Launch Fails Due to Booster Issue Seeing Astronauts Returned to Earth


Two minutes after launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, an American astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut were forced to make an emergency landing after the Russian-made Soyuz rocket malfunctioned.

After an aborted launch on Thursday, Rogozin promised that Hague and Ovchinin will be given another chance soon to work on the International Space Station.

USA and Russian space officials said the astronauts were in good condition even though they experienced a gravitational force that was six-to-seven times more than is felt on Earth when their capsule went into a steep, harrowing fall back to ground.

"We will try to bring forward the launch of a new crew", said Sergei Krikalyov, executive director of the Russian space agency and veteran cosmonaut.

An investigation will take place into what happened with the rocket, which entered an abort phase just after booster separation, NASA officials said at a press conference Thursday afternoon.

"An investigative group has been formed and officials are now examining the launch site, documents are being seized", the Investigative Committee said in a statement.

Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Russian space agency, Roscosmos, which oversaw yesterday's launch, has stated on Twitter that the two men will fly again, possibly next spring.

But questions still swirl about Hague's future schedule, as well as the bigger picture of space station staffing.

Instead NASA astronaut Nick Hague and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin returned to Earth in a ballistic return of their capsule from an altitude of over 30 miles.

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

Space X and Boeing are both working on ships that could transport astronauts to the station without relying on the Russian space program. NASA's Bridenstine said Hague, the US astronaut, had told him he wanted to fly again and that NASA had huge confidence in him but that he didn't know when he might fly.

Hague and Rogozin will spend a couple of days at Star City undergoing routine medical checks, before Hague returns to Houston.

Returning to Earth in a Soyuz capsule is no walk in the park on a good day.

Russia's rockets are now the only way to get astronauts to the space station, but all manned flights have been out on hold in the wake of Thursday's accident.

Two astronauts from the US and Russia are making an emergency landing after a Russian booster rocket carrying them into orbit to the International Space Station has failed after launch.

Bridenstine praised the Soyuz emergency rescue system, saying it functioned like a "miracle".

This is the first emergency landing with this type of carrier rocket over the past 35 years.

The Soyuz MS-10 failure could potentially leave the International Space Station (ISS) without crew if the investigation is not completed quickly.

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