Published: Fri, October 12, 2018
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Soyuz crew reportedly alive after emergency landing

Soyuz crew reportedly alive after emergency landing

This failure comes as America is working to wean itself off of its Russian rocket dependency.

Russian Cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin and U.S. astronaut Nick Hague were on board but their lives "are not in danger", said Russian state TV.

The incident came as the rocket was travelling about 7,563km/h, just 119 seconds into the voyage, according to NASA.

They were to dock at the orbiting outpost six hours later, but the booster suffered a failure minutes after the launch.

David Saint-Jacques is scheduled to co-pilot the capsule December 20 and become the first Canadian at the orbiter since now-retired astronaut Chris Hadfield returned to Earth in 2013.

"That is a landing mode we've seen before", the commentator said.

"That was a short flight". Ultimately both spacecraft landed safely, with no human or material loss.

Russian Federation is now the only country taking crew to and from the ISS.

German Astronaut Alexander Gerst, who is onboard the ISS, captured these images of the failed Soyuz launch. "I strongly believe we're going to get the right answer to what caused the hole on the International Space Station and that together we'll be able to continue our strong collaboration", Bridenstine said, as reported by the Associated Press.

"Officials are now examining the launch site, documents are being seized", it said in a statement.

Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin's spokesman, put it more bluntly in his daily conference call with journalists: "Thank God everyone is alive".

A couple minutes after liftoff, however, a frantic message - "Failure, failure, failure", blared across the live feed.

The malfunction on the rocket happened shortly after launch in Kazakhstan.

Rogozin, the Roscosmos chief, has raised wide consternation by saying that an air leak spotted at the International Space Station was a drill hole that was made intentionally during manufacturing or in orbit.

Hague was originally scheduled to participate in spacewalks in the coming weeks to replace batteries on the outside of the space station.

Hague and Ovchinin were travelling to the ISS to join three other crewmates for ISS Expedition 57.

The pair are in contact with ground control, the space agency said.

The onboard astronauts were certainly aware that something was not right because they reported feeling weightless when they should have felt pushed back in their seats.

Roscosmos has ordered the setting up of a state commission to investigate the incident and a criminal investigation is also expected.

There was no immediate word on whether the space station crew might need to extend its own six-month mission.

"I really would be very surprised", he said.

The politician has clashed with the USA, suggesting American astronauts should use trampolines instead of Russian rockets to reach the ISS after Washington imposed sanctions over Moscow's 2014 annexation of Crimea.

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