Soyuz Rocket Failure: What Went Wrong, and What Happens Next

Soyuz Rocket Failure: What Went Wrong, and What Happens Next

An "anomaly" occurred as the Soyuz spacecraft carrying two astronauts launched toward the International Space Station from the Russian Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Thursday.

A Russian rocket carrying an American and a Russian to the International Space Station failed on launch Thursday, forcing the astronaut and cosmonaut to careen back to Earth in a dramatic emergency landing. But something went wrong minutes after liftoff, sending the Soyuz capsule into a ballistic re-entry, NASA officials said.

The American space agency said on Twitter that the crew were in good condition, after the capsule landed safely in Kazakhstan. Hague and his crewmate Ovchinin, were scheduled to round out the crew from today until December, when the three astronauts now aboard will return to Earth.

The booster suffered a failure minutes after launch.

USA 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 US space agency, and Russia's Roscosmos said. "Today showed again what an wonderful vehicle the Soyuz is, to be able to save the crew from such a failure". It had taken off, as usual, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in the country's south.

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

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Hague was on his first space mission and was set to stay at the International Space Station for six months. The missions both hope to launch in 2019, though they have each experienced delays thus far.

Russian Federation was forming a state commission to investigate the Soyuz launch incident, Nasa said. "A thorough investigation into the cause of the incident will be conducted", NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine tweeted alongside an official statement on the Soyuz MS-10 Launch Abort.

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. "That means the crew will not be going to the International Space Station today".

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.

"Teams have been in contact with the crew".

The descent was sharper than usual, meaning the crew was subjected to a greater G-force, but they were prepared for this scenario in training, according to a commentator on NASA's video livestream of the launch.

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