Emergency landing following Soyuz launch failure

Lester Mason
October 12, 2018

The Expedition 57 crew members are working on hundreds of experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science and Earth science, according to NASA.

Since the retirement of the space shuttle in 2011, the USA has been relying on Russian Soyuz rockets, launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, to get astronauts to the Space Station. They were met by rescue teams in remote Kazakhstan more than 200 miles from their launchpad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

"Thank God, the crew is alive", Dmitry Peskov, Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, told reporters when it became clear the crew had landed safely.

American astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin are "resting comfortably" after making an emergency landing of their launch capsule. "A thorough investigation into the cause of the incident will be conducted", NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine tweeted alongside an official statement on the Soyuz MS-10 Launch Abort.

Moscow has suspended all manned space launches until it finds out what went wrong and Rogozin has ordered a state commission to investigate.

The launch took place at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 2:40 pm.

They were set to join the crew of Alexander Gerst, the station's first-ever German commander, as well as US astronaut Serena Aunon-Chancellor and Russian cosmonaut Sergei Prokopyev.

This was the 139th launch of the Soyuz program and the first abort during ascent since 1975 when a failure in second-stage separation triggered emergency reentry 21 minutes after launch.

Search and rescue teams were heading to the area to recover the crew. Dzhezkazgan is about 450 kilometres northeast of Baikonur.


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.

Asked about the latest mishap, President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House he was "not worried" that American astronauts have to rely on Russian Federation to get into space. The astronauts were exposed to increased g-force during the descent, but were otherwise unharmed. He added that space crew is trained to endure such load. Roscosmos has earned billions of dollars in fees ferrying astronauts into orbit since NASA retired its fleet of space shuttles in 2011. "But we have to keep going, for the sake of mankind".

"The boys have landed", mission control told the astronauts, who arrived at the space station in June and were scheduled to return December 13.

Two spacewalks planned for later this month have been postponed indefinitely, as Mr Hague was supposed to be one of the spacewalkers.

NASA said it's dusting off its plans for operating the space station without a crew, just in case the Russian investigation drags into next year.

Rescuers have reached the site of the Russian "Soyuz" spacecraft's emergency landing, Interfax and TASS news agencies reported on Thursday, citing military officials. NASA now depends on Russian Soyuz launch systems to ferry crew members to the station.

"About two minutes into the flight, so they were pretty high up, something malfunctioned with the rocket booster cause the spacecraft to separate", Larson said.

For Boeing, launches are set for March and August 2019 respectively.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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