Crew Rescued After Russian ISS Launch Fails

Crew Rescued After Russian ISS Launch Fails

Crew Rescued After Russian ISS Launch Fails

The latest failure yesterday, amid a long string of Russian rocket crashes, was another black eye for the Roscosmos space agency.

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.

Both are scheduled to return to the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, today; Hague is expected to fly home to Houston next week.

Nasa says the search and rescue teams have reached the landing site and the crew are out of the Soyuz capsule. NASA is working closely with Roscosmos to ensure the safe return of the crew. "The investigation is underway", NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine told reporters. "A thorough investigation into the cause of the incident will be conducted". Russia launches criminal probe over failed rocket launch Russian investigators said they had opened a criminal probe into the failed rocket launch that caused the two-man crew to make an emergency landing.

American Nick Hague and Russian Aleksey Ovchinin were en route to the ISS when the secondary booster rocket on the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft they were in malfunctioned, forcing the two to abort the mission and parachute in a vessel back to the ground. The crew were in contact with rescue forces prior to touching down and have since been extracted from the capsule.

Moscow has suspended all manned space launches, while Rogozin has ordered a state commission to investigate what went wrong. He added that Russian Federation will fully share all relevant information with the U.S.

NASA has not provided much detail about the failure, but confirmed in a tweet that there was a problem with booster separation.

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Ovchinin spent six months on the station in 2016.

September 27, 1983: A Soyuz rocket that was to carry Vladimir Titov and Gennady Strekalov to a Salyut space station caught fire in the final seconds of the countdown at Baikonur. The cosmonauts safely escaped in that accident as well.

It was the first time that the Soyuz - the main workhorse of manned space flight today - had failed on a launch to the 20-year-old International Space Station.

The abort mode was not improvised, and is a standing contingency for crewed missions to the ISS.

Relations between Moscow and Washington have sunk to post-Cold War lows over conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, and allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential vote, but they have kept cooperating in space.

The aborted mission dealt another blow to the troubled Russian space program that now serves as the only way to deliver astronauts to the orbiting outpost.

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