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NASA Astronaut Nick Hague Thanks Rescuers, Supporters After Soyuz Rocket Launch Abort

13 October 2018, 06:38 | Dale Webster

Soyuz rocket carrying astronauts forced into emergency landing after malfunction

ISS: Space rocket declares emergency after launch – astronauts parachute out | Daily Star

Luckily, these crew members will not be stranded on the space station, as they will return to earth in the capsules they traveled to the station in.

About 34 minutes elapsed from the time the rocket failed to when the capsule finally parachuted to a landing on the steppes of Kazakhstan, where rescue crews swiftly picked up the pair.

Footage from inside the Soyuz capsule showed the two men being shaken around at the moment the failure occurred, with their arms and legs flailing.

Luzin argues that Roskosmos continues to function like a Soviet-era bureaucracy, and even much of the Russian civilian aerospace industry is unable to innovate and respond quickly to changes in technology.

A tweet from Roscosmos shows the two astronauts resting comfortably, and looking like they're in good spirits, despite what must have been a hard experience.

Head of Russian space agency Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin (C) poses with astronauts Alexey Ovchinin of Russia and Nick Hague of the USA, who survived the mid-air failure of a Russian rocket, on onboard a plane during a flight to Chkalovsky airport near Star City outside Moscow, Russia October 12, 2018.

Consequently, we're now facing the very real possibility of having an uncrewed International Space Station - something that hasn't happened in almost two decades.

NASA officials now must decide how or whether to maintain a U.S. presence on the $100 billion orbital research laboratory as Roscosmos investigates the cause of the rocket's malfunction.

Krikalyov said that "in theory" the International Space Station which serves as a scientific lab could remain unmanned but added Russian Federation would do "everything possible not to let this happen". "We have resources well into next year for this crew, so there's no concern about resources on board". The three astronauts still on the station will likely need to return to earth in December.




Until the investigations are completed, there will be no official information about what caused the rocket's failure to carry the crew to orbit.

He and Ovchinin were due to join Expedition 57 Commander Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency, NASA Flight Engineer Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Roscosmos Flight Engineer Sergey Prokopyev on the ISS.

While the Russian program has been dogged by a string of problems with other kinds of launches in recent years, Thursday's incident was its first manned launch failure since September 1983, when a Soyuz exploded on the launch pad.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and the NASA team are monitoring the situation carefully.

In statements by both Russian Federation and NASA the crew is said to be in "good condition", and no serious injuries have been reported.

A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin said, "Thank God the crew is alive" after they had landed safely.

"Rescue services have been working since the first second of the accident", Rogozin wrote on Twitter.

"All of the systems that were there in case of a rocket failure worked. The crew has been saved". More importantly, the incident could have easily been a nightmare for the space program - another Challenger. That 0.08-inch (2-millimeter) hole in the orbital module of the Soyuz vehicle created a small air leak on the space station that was detected by flight controllers on the ground and ultimately repaired by astronauts and cosmonauts on the space station. Rogozin has said it could have been sabotage.



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