Soyuz MS-10: Russian spacecraft makes emergency landing on Earth

Rodiano Bonacci
Ottobre 11, 2018

Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin (R) and USA astronaut Nick Hague (L) disembark from a plane, after the "Soyuz" spacecraft made an emergency landing following a failure of its booster rockets, as they arrive at Baikonur airport, Kazakhstan October 11, 2018.

Nasa astronaut Nick Hague and Roscosmos's Alexei Ovchinin lifted off in a booster rocket, intending to travel to the International Space Station (ISS).

Each crew returns to Earth in the capsule they rode up to the space station, so Auñón-Chancellor, Prokopyev and Gerst won't be stranded by today's launch failure.

-Russian crew of a Soyuz spacecraft taking them to the orbiting International Space Station had to make a dramatic emergency landing in Kazakhstan on Thursday when a rocket failed in mid-air. Search and rescue teams are in contact with the Soyuz crew who are now safe, said NASA.

American Nick Hague and Russian Alexey Ovchinin landed safely after an "anomaly with the booster" prompted the ascent to be aborted, NASA head Jim Bridenstine said in a statement.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov told reporters that the Soyuz capsule automatically jettisoned from the booster when it failed 123 seconds after the launch from the Russia-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

The duo had to parachute to Earth in their capsule and made an emergency landing in Kazakhstan. "Search and rescue teams are heading towards the expected touchdown location of the spacecraft and crew", tweeted NASA.

Relations between Moscow and Washington have sunk to post-Cold War lows over the crisis in Ukraine, the war in Syria and allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential vote, but they have maintained cooperation in space research.

A group photo taken of the full International Space Station crew shortly before three astronauts left earlier this month.

The crew members of Expedition 57 are conducting experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science and Earth science aboard the International Space Station.

He said all manned launches will be suspended pending an investigation into the cause of the failure.

Glitches found in Russia's Proton and Soyuz rockets in 2016 were traced to manufacturing flaws at the plant in Voronezh. However, exactly when that crew will return to Earth is uncertain, as it may depend on when their relief arrives at the space station. Everything had been going quite smoothly for Roscosmos ahead of the freakish hole discovered in one of their Soyuz spacecraft which was (and still is) attached to the International Space Station.

Additionally, the Soyuz rocket launches cargo ships to the space station along with crewed missions like the one this morning.

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