Soyuz MS-10: Russian spacecraft makes emergency landing on Earth

Soyuz MS-10: Russian spacecraft makes emergency landing on Earth

Soyuz MS-10: Russian spacecraft makes emergency landing on Earth

The two astronauts-US astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin-were reported to say they felt "weightlessness" as the crew capsule detached.

Footage from inside the Soyuz capsule showed the two men being shaken around at the moment the failure occurred, with their arms and legs flailing. Images show the Soyuz-FG rocket booster lifting the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft high into the sky before Thursday's mission was abandoned.

Search and rescue forces were scrambled from Baikonur Cosmodrome to the expected landing site, a journey of roughly one and a half hours.

NASA said that the crew was safe and was making an emergency landing in Kazakhstan where the unsuccessful launch took place.

This morning, the first launch since the possible sabotage was discovered, Russia's Soyuz booster saw its first in-flight failure in recent memory, and the first manned rocket-related emergency in decades.

Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists: "Thank God the cosmonauts are alive".

After their rescue, Hague and Ovchinin were set to be airlifted to a space flight training center outside of Moscow. While the crew endured higher than normal G-force, Russian and US space officials say they are in good condition.

The Russian rocket, bound for the ISS, takes off from the launch pad at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.


The space agency tweeted: "There's been an issue with the booster from today's launch".

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, who watched the launch at Baikonur along with his Russian counterpart, said that a "thorough investigation into the cause of the incident will be conducted".

The booster suffered a failure minutes after launch.

The three astronauts now on board the space station have been informed of the failed launch and their schedule for the day is being reshuffled, since they'll no longer be able to greet the incoming duo. Last month, an oxygen leak was found in the International Space Station that Russia's space chief said was caused deliberately.

RIA news agency, citing its own source, reported that Russian Federation had chose to suspend all manned space launches following the "Soyuz" failure.

Now, American companies SpaceX and Boeing are working to launch their first crewed missions to space.

Collaboration between the USA and Russian space agencies has largely steered clear of geopolitical controversies, despite a standoff between Washington and Moscow that has continued since Russia's annexation of the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 and allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Interfax quoted a source as saying the crash meant the three people aboard the space station - a German and a Russian in addition to the American - would be stuck there at least until January. Everything had been going quite smoothly for Roscosmos ahead of the weird hole discovered in one of their Soyuz spacecraft which was (and still is) attached to the International Space Station.

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