In this photo provided by Russian Defense Ministry Press Service, the rescue team gather next to the Soyuz MS-10 space capsule after it made an emergency landing in a field 280 miles northeast of Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Oct. 11, 2018.
Malfunctions causing ballistic re-entry have occurred a number of times with Russia's series of Soyuz rockets - although this is the most severe in decades. "Teams are working with our Russian partners to obtain more information about the issue with the booster from today's launch", the U.S. agency said. The mission would have been Hague's first space flight. The agency is waiting for both Boeing and SpaceX to deliver home-grown spacecraft so it no longer has to rely on Russian Federation to send supplies and crew to the ISS.
The American space agency said on Twitter that the crew were in good condition, after the capsule landed safely in Kazakhstan. NASA is working closely with Roscosmos to ensure the safe return of the crew.
A Russian cosmonaut and an American astronaut were recovered unharmed early Thursday after the Soyuz booster they were aboard on a launch to the International Space Station failed. Write to us in the Comments section, and visit our Facebook page.
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That could mean another launch before mid-December, when the three-member crew of the space station was scheduled to end their six-month mission. "Utilization over the last [station] increment was slightly higher than expected", said former astronaut Susan Helms, a member of NASA's Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel, during a meeting of the independent safety group October 11 at NASA's Johnson Space Center.
Sergei Krikalyov, the head of Roscosmos' manned programs, said one of the rocket's four boosters failed to separate from the main stage.
The emergency landing could become one of the biggest payouts for Russian insurance firm Soglasie in decades if it turns out to be an insurance case, Soglasie was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency. But the Russian space agency also considered the possibility of sabotage. The hole caused a brief loss of air pressure before being fixed.
NASA officials now must decide how or whether to maintain a U.S. presence on the $100 billion orbital research laboratory as Roscosmos investigates the cause of the rocket's malfunction. That said, there's no way of knowing how long Soyuz will be grounded, and when humans can once again be launched into space.
"Teams have been in contact with the crew". For now, the two astronauts are safe as are NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor, German astronaut Alexander Gerst and cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev. Roscosmos chief, Dmitry Rogozin, didn't make things much easier after stating that the tiny hole may have been an act of deliberate sabotage.
Luckily, these crew members will not be stranded on the space station, as they will return to earth in the capsules they traveled to the station in.