A Soyuz crew makes an emergency landing after rocket fails

A Soyuz crew makes an emergency landing after rocket fails

A Soyuz crew makes an emergency landing after rocket fails

The Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft carrying astronaut Nick Hague of the US and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin of Russian Federation blasted off from the launchpad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Thursday - before the mission was aborted. But Peggy Whitson, a retired NASA astronaut who survived a ballistic re-entry in a Soyuz capsule in 2008, described the experience as a harrowing one in an interview with The Houston Chronicle later that year.

These will be the first crewed missions to launch from American soil since 2011 and, while the issues with the Soyuz MS-10 mission will likely be resolved by then, this will allow for increased access to space and reduce dependency.

That's obviously not the fault of the ISS crew, and the space station can carry on without people aboard for however long it needs to, but it would be the first time the space station was left without a crew in a very long time. "Thanks to the rescue force of over 1000 search and rescue professionals!"

They would have joined Commander Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency, NASA Flight Engineer Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Roscosmos Flight Engineer Sergey Prokopyev, who arrived at the ISS in June. The capsule landed about 20 kilometres east of the city of Dzhezkazgan in Kazakhstan. "Search and rescue crews are always pre-staged in the event something like this does happen", Dean added.

Paulo Lozano, an MIT professor of aeronautics and astronautics and director of the university's Space Propulsion Laboratory, said the capsule "went down like a free fall".

August 24, 2011: An onboard computer terminated a Soyuz flight about five minutes into the launch after detecting an engine failure, resulting in the loss of a Progress ship.

An "anomaly" with the booster led to the launch being aborted, NASA later said.

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Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin promised that Hague and Ovchinin will be given a chance soon to perform a stint on the orbiting outpost.

"NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and the NASA team are monitoring the situation carefully", the statement continued.

The Expedition 57 crew members are working on hundreds of experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science and Earth science, according to NASA. "A thorough investigation into the cause of the incident will be conducted". Roscosmos, the Russian firm that operates the nation's space agency and is responsible for Soyuz launches, will not hold any news conferences today.

Roscosmos pledged to fully share all relevant information with NASA, which pays up to $82 million per Soyuz seat to the space station.

It also was the first such accident for Russia's manned program in over three decades.

There was no immediate word on whether the current space station crew of an American, a Russian and a German might need to extend its own six-month mission.

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