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'No time to be nervous': cosmonaut, astronaut recount spacecraft mishap

17 October 2018, 03:59 | Dale Webster

Russia may resume manned space flights on November 28: Interfax

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"They all hope that everything goes as planned", Prokopyev said.

"There is a launch-abort system that protects me continuously from about an hour before the launch until I'm in orbit".

"They are constantly trying to build a flawless spacecraft, but it can't be ideal all the time, so we have contingencies in place and we have other fail-safe systems", he said.

On October 11, the crew of the Soyuz MS-10 manned spacecraft made an emergency landing in Kazakhstan due to an accident that took place two minutes after the craft's launch from the Baikonur cosmodrome.

In this frame from video from NASA TV, NASA astronaut Nick Hague, who survived the Oct. 11, 2018, failed launch and emergency landing, speaks Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, from the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston. Ovchinin could be heard saying: "That was a quick flight". "I didn't expect it to be quite this memorable."He gave all credit to his flight partner, who led the way once they learned of the booster failure and guided them to the successful hard landing in the Kazakh countryside".

Hague said he and Ovchinin, his commander, were flung from side to side and shoved back hard into their seats, as the drama unfolded 50 kilometres (31 miles) above Kazakhstan last Thursday.

Once Hague was back on earth, he was plagued by one last technological failure - in the form of voicemail.The 43-year-old Air Force veteran used a satellite phone to call his wife, but she didn't pick up."It went to voicemail so now she's got a voicemail she can keep as a memento for the rest of her life", he laughed.

According to NASA, there was an "issue with the booster" and the crew returned to Earth in a ballistic descent mode, which is a sharper angle of descent compared to normal.

The investigation is still going on in the Russian space agency Roscosmos and it can be expected that more details will be provided soon. His youngest wanted to know when he was going back to space. The space station, meanwhile, is managing for now with a crew of three.

Currently, Russia's Soyuz rocket is the only vehicle capable of carrying people to the International Space Station.

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