Astronauts cheat death as rocket fails in mid-flight

Muriel Hammond
October 14, 2018

Russia's Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft carrying Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin and NASA astronaut Nick Hague, blasts off from the launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodrome on October 11, 2018.

The Soyuz MS-10 failure could potentially leave the International Space Station (ISS) without crew if the investigation is not completed quickly.

"Search and rescue teams are in the air and heading towards the expected touchdown location for the Soyuz spacecraft returning to Earth carrying two crew members", NASA said in a statement.

It's a completely unfounded claim, as no one can predict the results of the government investigation or how long the Soyuz crewed flights will be grounded. "Roscosmos is in constant contact with NASA on the issue of sending a U.S. cargo ship to the ISS if needed", Russia's space agency Roscosmos said Thursday in a statement.

NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin were aboard the spacecraft when it launched at 4:40 a.m. EDT on a mission to the station. Spacecraft returning from the ISS normally land in that region.

"The crew landed", Dmitry Rogozin, director of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, said on Twitter. Today it has been shown again how great the Soyuz is: despite a misstart, the crew was safely brought back to Earth.

Both astronauts were said to be "alive" on Thursday morning, but their exact condition is not known - according to local Russian report.

After an aborted launch on Thursday, Rogozin promised that Hague and Ovchinin will be given another chance soon to work on the International Space Station.

The rare failed launch of the Soyuz rocket is the latest and most grave problem to beset U.S.

"To keep space separate from the political environment has been our tradition and we want to keep that", said Bridenstine.

Russian Federation has said it will suspend all its manned flights to the International Space Station until the cause of the accident has been investigated.

Sergei Krikalyov, the head of Roscosmos' manned programs, said one of the rocket's four boosters failed to separate from the main stage.

Russian Federation may indefinitely postpone its next manned Soyuz launch planned for December, state-owned RIA Novosti reported, citing an unidentified person. They were met by rescue teams in remote Kazakhstan more than 200 miles from their launchpad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

NASA said the incident was the first time a crew has failed to reach orbit after liftoff. NASA purchased seats aboard Soyuz capsules for access to the ISS following the retirement of the Space Shuttle in 2011.

The Russian space agency Roscosmos tweeted that it's creating a formal commission to investigate the rocket failure.

Unfortunately, an anomaly with the booster shortly after takeoff forced the rocketeers to abort their mission and make a "ballistic landing" back on Earth.

It comes weeks after a hole was discovered in the International Space Station amid talk from the Russian space authorities of deliberate sabotage.

It was the first space mission for Hague, who joined NASA's astronaut corps in 2013.

The crash comes after Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin accused Elon Musk of conspiring with the Pentagon to force other players out of the space industry and suggested that global astronauts had sabotaged the ISS by drilling the hole found in its hull.

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