Soyuz rocket failure: What went wrong, and what happens next

Soyuz rocket failure: What went wrong, and what happens next

Soyuz rocket failure: What went wrong, and what happens next

Russia's Energia Rocket and Space Corporation (RSC Energia) has received telemetry data as well as materials from the video recorder from the Soyuz-FG launch vehicle, Russia's space agency Roscosmos said.

NASA said flight controllers could operate the space station without anyone on board if the Russian rockets remain grounded.

The Soyuz system has a long history of reliable launches.

- NASA says an astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut are in good condition after an emergency landing following a booster rocket failure minutes after the launch.

The Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft carrying astronaut Nick Hague of the USA and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin of Russian Federation blasted off from the launchpad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Thursday - before the mission was aborted.

The Russian space agency, Roscosmos, coordinated the launch, which had been planned for multiple years.

The next Soyuz launch had been scheduled to take a new crew to the ISS on December 20.

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. Instead, the two astronauts landed safely a half-hour later, rescued by the capsule's "automated abort systems" that "is created to be effective", said Kenny Todd, the International Space Station manager.

Gerst tweeted his relief that the two astronauts were safe, saying the day's events "showed again what an unbelievable vehicle the Soyuz is, to be able to save the crew from such a failure".

The two astronauts were to arrive at the International Space Station (ISS) six hours after the launch to join an American, a Russian and a German now aboard the station. Write to us in the Comments section, and visit our Facebook page.

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Russian officials said all manned space flight missions would be suspended until investigators figure out what went wrong.

Had the launch gone smoothly, Ovchinin and Hague would have reached the space station later today.

There are now three crew members aboard the ISS: NASA astronaut Serena M. Auñón-Chancellor, the European Space Agency's Alexander Gerst, and cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev.

Shortly after launch, NASA reported an issue with one of the rocket's booster engines.

An Orthodox priest who blessed the Russian Soyuz rocket before lift-off has become the main source of mockery on social media after the launch ended in an emergency landing.

The launch failure marks an unprecedented mishap for the Russian space program, which has been dogged by a string of launch failures and other incidents in recent years.

Hague and Ovchinin would have joined the station's current crew, which includes American astronaut Serena Aunon-Chancellor.

Russian news agencies reported that the crew had safely made an emergency landing and were in radio contact and that rescuers were en route to pick them up. Officials are also investigating the unusual hole recently found in a Soyuz spacecraft aboard the International Space Station.

The officials can not yet identify the chief cause of the Soyuz failure, aside from the fact that components of different stages of the rocket collided with each other. The head of Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, said a state commission has already been established to study the accident. In a press conference on Thursday, Kenny Todd, ISS operations integration manager, said NASA also doesn't want to de-crew the station by bringing the astronauts back and sending none to replace them.

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