Emergency landing for astronauts as rocket fails

11.10.2018 13:35

A US and Russian astronaut have made an emergency landing following a rocket failure on a mission to the International Space Station.

Shortly after lift-off, the Soyuz rocket was reported to have suffered significant engine failures — an unprecedented mishap for the Russian space programme.

Despite the issue affecting the booster rocket, NASA’s Nick Hague and Roscosmos’ Alexey Ovchinin are alive and have touched down in Kazakhstan.

Cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin
NASA astronaut Nick Hague

They landed about 12 miles east of the city of Dzhezkazgan, and officials from Russia’s space agency said rescue workers have managed to reach the crew — who are now understood to be out of the capsule.

A comparison of the booster separation in a normal Soyuz mission and today’s by meteorologist Greg Dutra apparently shows increasing debris and a less-symmetrical jettison stage this morning.

Smoke rise as the boosters of first stage of the Soyuz-FG rocket with Soyuz MS-10 space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, separate

All Russian manned space launches have been suspended after the incident, according to Russia’s RIA news agency.

I made a comparison between a normal #soyuz booster separation and that of #SoyuzMS10 this morning. Differences are clear. Debris and a less symmetrical look to this mornings failure. cc: @NASASpaceflight pic.twitter.com/qlaugluslF

— Greg Dutra (@DutraWeather) October 11, 2018

"Thank God, the crew is alive," said Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, to reporters.

The deputy prime minister added that they hoped the US would be "understanding" about the Soyuz indent, according to reports.

The Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft

The ISS crew members currently in orbit have been "notified of the launch contingency", a NASA spokesperson added.

Article source: “https://news.sky.com/story/emergency-landing-for-astronauts-as-rocket-fails-11523326”

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