Published: Fri, October 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Emergency landing astronauts to launch again in spring

Emergency landing astronauts to launch again in spring

Head of Russian space agency Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin (C) poses with astronauts Alexey Ovchinin of Russia and Nick Hague of the US, who survived the mid-air failure of a Russian rocket, on onboard a plane during a flight to Chkalovsky airport near Star City outside Moscow, Russia October 12, 2018.

NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin are in what NASA director Jim Bridenstine described as "good condition" after surviving an emergency landing after a booster failure on a Russian Soyuz rocket Thursday.

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.

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 pair landed about 20 kilometers (12 miles) east of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan.

Roscosmos director general Dmitry Rogozin, who traveled to Kazakhstan to bring the crew back, posted a picture of himself and the two men Friday, saying they are safely back in the Moscow region.

Dmitry Rogozin, a firebrand nationalist politician who this year was appointed by President Vladimir Putin to head Roscosmos, said on Twitter he had ordered a state commission to probe the accident.

NASA said the incident was the first time a crew has failed to reach orbit after liftoff.

The taxi service to the orbiting International Space Station (ISS) is taking no passengers until further notice.

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This week's mishap marked the fourth time in the Soyuz program history that the ballistic mode of re-entry has occurred.

Roscosmos pledged to fully share all relevant information with NASA, which pays up to $82 million per Soyuz seat to the space station.

A rescue mission was launched immediately, Nasa and the Russian Roscosmos space agency said.

But the members were forced to make an emergency landing after suffering a booster malfunction during launch in Kazakhstan. The Russian space agency also sent 70 rocket engines back to production lines in 2016 to replace broken parts. This Hague's first flight. For this reason, the Soyuz capsule rotates on its axis of trajectory during descent to boost stability (similar to a bullet fired from a rifle), it adds. This could mean that the first astronaut they send to the ISS would depart in 2020 instead of 2019.

The Russian space industry has suffered a series of problems in recent years, including the loss of a number of satellites and other spacecraft.

Flight controllers kept the three space station residents abreast of the situation after Thursday's aborted launch.

The Russian Soyuz spacecraft is now the only vehicle for ferrying crews to the space station following the retirement of the US space shuttle fleet.

"We have a lot of things planned through the rest of the fall and the winter, and that's all just being reassessed right now", Sam Scimemi, NASA's director for International Space Station, told Reuters.

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