Crewed spacecraft bound for ISS forced to make emergency ballistic descent

Crewed spacecraft bound for ISS forced to make emergency ballistic descent

But the Russian space agency Roscosmos has grounded the Soyuz rockets until a probe has concluded into what caused a Soyuz rocket to show problems shortly after blastoff on Thursday, forcing US astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin to make an emergency landing in Kazakhstan.

NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Roscosmos' Alexei Ovchinin were subjected to heavy gravitational forces as their capsule automatically jettisoned from the Soyuz booster rocket and fell back to Earth at a sharper-than-normal angle and landed about 20 kilometers (12 miles) east of the city of Dzhezkazgan in Kazakhstan.

Footage from inside the rocket show the two men being shaken at the moment the fault occured, their arms and legs flailing.

Rescue crews then raced to the scene to retrieve them with reports of paratroopers parachuting to their landing spot.

Those precious few minutes of elation in Peabody quickly turned into an agonizing wait, as NASA confirmed there had been a booster problem with the rocket and the crew had to make an emergency exit.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev have been told about the accident.

"Following the test flights, NASA will review the performance data and resolve issues as necessary to certify the systems for operational missions", the U.S. space agency said last week.

Hadfield noted that the launch failure should not be seen as an indictment of the Soyuz rockets, calling mechanical failure part and parcel of space travel. The derivative has been transporting crews to the space station since coming into service in 2001, conducting 55 successful flights in 17 years.

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Family members wore custom-made "Team Hague" jackets, with patches sewn on representing NASA, the International Space Station, and the official mission that took place Thursday.

The rocket was carrying USA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin.

US astronaut Nick Hague, right and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin, member of the main crew of the expedition to the International Space Station (ISS), speak prior to the launch of Soyuz MS-10 space ship at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. Yet Soyuz MS-10 had to abort the space mission after the booster's malfunction.

"Shortly after launch, there was an anomaly with the booster and the launch ascent was aborted, resulting in a ballistic landing of the spacecraft", the U.S. space agency said in a statement. According to NASA officials, the rocket failed in its ascent soon after liftoff and the capsule with the astronauts inside - one Russian and one American - was sent careening back to Earth.

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said there was an issue with the spacecraft's booster after it took off Thursday from the Soviet-era cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

Nasa has been paying for seats on Soyuz rockets to ferry its astronauts to the International Space Station since the Space Shuttle programme ended in 2011. However, this could be a problem for the current ISS crew.

The crew already on the ISS will not be affected by Thursday's aborted mission, Russia's Tass news agency reported, quoting an unnamed source as saying they have enough supplies. With Thursday's failed launch, just three people remain on the station, an American astronaut, Serena Auñón-Chancellor, the German Commander Alexander Gerst, and Russian Sergey Prokopyev. The hole caused a brief loss of air pressure before being fixed.

Sadly, Orion isn't even close to being certified for crew delivery, and the rocket meant to put it into orbit, NASA's Space Launch System, is in a parlous state.

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