US, Russia space crew aborts mission after booster failure

Mindy Sparks
October 11, 2018

Search and rescue crews are getting ready to reach the expected landing site. But it is also unlikely any Soyuz missions will fly for a while now until both NASA and Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, have got to the bottom of what went wrong today. It read: "NASA is working closely with Roscosmos to ensure the safe return of the crew".

Search and rescue teams were in touch with the astronauts, who were reported to be in "good condition", and headed towards the touchdown location, said NASA.

The incident comes as the USA has been making progress in its quest to end Russia's monopoly on manned flights to the ISS by encouraging private companies to conduct launches.

After it became clear that the crew had landed safely, Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters: 'Thank God, the crew is alive'. "This is the main thing".

The first was in 1975 when Soyuz 18a failed to separated from the booster's third stage.

Normally this only happens once the boosters have fired the module into space, and the capsule then completes the final part of the journey alone.

The rocket lifted off at 4:40 a.m.

NASA rookie Nick Hague and second-time flyer Aleksey Ovchinin of the Russian space agency blasted off for the orbital lab from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan just before 10am Irish time. Readers, thinking that the agency was trying to avoid mention of the incident, started to criticize it. Richardson joined our team shortly thereafter.His passion for space ignited when he watched Space Shuttle Discovery launch into space October 29, 1998.

Russian rockets ferrying goods aloft in recent years have had a checkered record.

BAIKONUR, KAZAKHSTAN-A duo of astronauts aboard a Russian Soyuz capsule bound for the the International Space Station landed back on Earth mere minutes after launch as their rocket suffered an unspecified failure.

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