American and Russian astronaut rescued after emergency landing following rocket booster malfunction

Christopher Davidson
October 11, 2018

Here's the latest on the failed space launch carrying two astronauts (all times local to Kazakhstan).

The failure forced Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin and NASA astronaut Nick Hague to execute an emergency abort and return the few hundred miles to the launch site.

"An investigative group has been formed and officials are now examining the launch site, documents are being seized", the Investigative Committee said in a statement. Borisov added that Russian Federation will fully share all relevant information with the U.S.

With the failure of this launch, there are far-reaching consequences for the world's human space programs, and for those astronauts and cosmonauts now on board the International Space Station.

Jim Bridenstine, NASA's administrator who was in Kazakhstan to witness the launch, said in a statement that the failure had been caused by an anomaly with the rocket's booster. "Search and rescue teams are en route to the landing location and we await further updates". The crew are in good condition and in contact. The astronauts were flown by helicopter to Dzhezkazgan and will later be taken to Baikonur and on to Star City, Russia's space training center outside Moscow.

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Eleven minutes later, it added, "The crew is returning to Earth in a ballistic descent mode", meaning that it was falling without propulsion and that its direction was determined only by the craft's momentum. NASA tentatively plans to send its first crew to the ISS using a SpaceX craft instead of a Soyuz next April. A thorough investigation into the cause of the incident will be conducted.

The booster suffered a failure minutes after launch.

A Russian rocket carrying an American and a Russian to the International Space Station failed on launch Thursday, forcing the astronaut and cosmonaut to careen back to Earth in a dramatic emergency landing.

The duo had to parachute to Earth in their capsule and made an emergency landing in Kazakhstan. Search and rescue teams were immediately scrambled to recover the crew and paratroopers were dropped from a plane to reach the site and help the rescue effort.

Nevertheless, officials in both countries continue to refer to space flight as a rare example of U.S. Their Soyuz spacecraft will dock at the orbiting outpost six hours later. Mission control told astronauts aboard the space station that during the landing, "the boys" experienced forces of about 6.7 G in a call that NASA later broadcast on the live commentary. Robotic cargo launches using USA -built resupply ships are also scheduled to deliver more supplies to the station in the next two months.

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