Published: Sat, October 13, 2018
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Soyuz emergency landing puts extra pressure on astronauts

Soyuz emergency landing puts extra pressure on astronauts

NASA's Bridenstine said Hague, the USA astronaut, had told him he wanted to fly again and that NASA had huge confidence in him but that he didn't know when he might fly.

The Russian Soyuz spacecraft is now the only vehicle for ferrying crews to the International Space Station following the retirement of the U.S. space shuttle fleet. The crew landed about 20 kilometers east of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, where rescue crews were scrambled to find them. Instead NASA astronaut Nick Hague and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin returned to Earth in a ballistic return of their capsule from an altitude of over 30 miles.

The ISS crew will do their best to perform spacewalks in the future, but "on other dates", Sergei Krikalev, senior official at Russia's national space agency Roscosmos, told reporters on Friday.

It was to be the first space mission for Hague, who joined NASA's astronaut corps in 2013.

NASA and Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, pledged a thorough investigation after the aborted launch of a Russian Soyuz rocket. The launch of Soyuz MS-10 rocket booster was interrupted in the second minute due to an accident in the work of the first rocket engine stage.

Two astronauts managed a narrow escape when a Russian Soyuz rocket malfunctioned two minutes after liftoff Thursday on a mission to the International Space Station.

He said the current space station crew can stay on board only until January - just a month beyond their scheduled December return - because their Soyuz capsule, which has been docked at the station since June, has limited battery life and is only good for about 200 days in orbit. Spacewalks take extensive, long-term planning, so the crew and their teams back on Earth will have to come up with an alternative plan.

Rescuers have reached the site of the Russian "Soyuz" spacecraft's emergency landing, Interfax and TASS news agencies reported on Thursday, citing military officials. He said Russian Federation will share all relevant information with the U.S.


The Soyuz MS-10 rocket had four boosters strapped to its central core.

In August, the space station crew found a hole had been drilled in the Soyuz capsule that caused a brief loss of air pressure before being patched.

What went wrong and what comes next remain to be determined.

It also was the first such accident for Russia's manned program in over three decades.

The two astronauts were to arrive at the International Space Station (ISS) six hours after the launch to join an American, a Russian and a German now aboard the station.

"We can both do more in space together than we can do alone", he said, adding his relationship with Russian space agency chief Rogozin was "very solid". Russian activities in Ukraine, charges of interfering in the USA presidential election of 2016 and the conflict in Syria are some of the main issues.

Three people are now aboard the space station: a German, a Russian and an American.

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