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12 October 2018, 06:34 | Dale Webster
US, Russian space crew alive after booster failure on mission to space station
An image tweeted by Russianspace agency Roscosmos shows NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin undergoing medical evaluation at an airport in Dzhezkazgan, Khazakstan, after an emergency landing on October 11, 2018, following an aborted mission to the International Space Station due to their Soyuz rocket'sbooster engine malfunctioning after takeoff. They are reported to be in good condition, and will now return to Baikonur Cosmodrome, before heading on to Moscow.
The mission was supposed to be Hague's first trip into space, and Ovchinin's second six-month stay at the station.
"The emergency rescue system worked, the vessel was able to land in Kazakhstan. the crew are alive", the Russian space agency Roscosmos said in a tweet.
This was the 139th launch of the Soyuz program and the first abort during ascent since 1975 when a failure in second-stage separation triggered emergency reentry 21 minutes after launch. It had taken off, as usual, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in the country's south.
"Confirming again that the today's Soyuz MS10 launch did go into a ballistic re-entry mode a little bit after its launch", Dean said during live television commentary.
"I will also say that we are thrilled that he's safe", Bridenstine continued.
"That was a short flight". "Thanks to the rescue force of over 1,000 search-and-rescue professionals!" Both are safe after parachuting back to the ground. Russian Federation stands to lose that monopoly in the coming years with the arrival of the SpaceX's Dragon v2 and Boeing's Starliner crew capsules. Russian space agency Roscosmos/Handout via REUTERS. Russia's Investigative Committee said it had opened a criminal investigation into the matter. NASA now depends on Russian Soyuz launch systems to ferry crew members to the station.
"Officials are now examining the launch site, documents are being seized", it said in a statement.