Published: Thu, October 11, 2018
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Astronauts escape malfunctioning Soyuz rocket

Astronauts escape malfunctioning Soyuz rocket

A terrifying video shows the moment that two crew members fear for their lives as they are jolted up and down in the cockpit.

US astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin landed safely without harm and rescue crews who raced to locate them on the Kazakh steppe quickly linked up with them, NASA, the USA space agency, and Russia's Roscosmos said.

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United States space agency NASA said Thursday that a Russian rocket carrying two astronauts to the International Space Station made an emergency landing.

During the descent, the astronauts were subjected to high G-forces. "Central time", Dean reported.

Search and recovery teams reached the Ovchinin and Hague about 90 minutes after launch.

Dzhezkazgan is about 450 kilometres (280 miles) northeast of Baikonur, and spacecraft returning from the ISS normally land in that region. The launch appeared to be normal until around first stage separation, when the crew reported a "failure" with the booster and feeling weightlessness.

The rocket, with the Nasa astronaut Nick Hague and the cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin on board, took off from Kazakhstan at 09.47 British time, but suffered problems minutes after launch. Last year, NASA astronaut Jack Fischer and Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin shared a ride to ISS.

The Soyuz MS-10 rocket had four boosters strapped to its central core. "Telemetry is being studied". Rescue services work from the first second of the accident.

On Aug. 30, 2018, flight controllers noticed a minor, but definite, pressure leak event on the station. 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 feed cut off just before the second stage of the booster was due to separate. Shortly after launch, there was an anomaly with the booster and the launch ascent was aborted, resulting in a ballistic landing of the spacecraft. Safety of the crew is the utmost priority for NASA.

The Soyuz MS-10 capsule, ...

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