Published: Fri, October 12, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Dramatic Footage Shows Moment Inside Soyuz Capsule When Booster Rocket Failed

Dramatic Footage Shows Moment Inside Soyuz Capsule When Booster Rocket Failed

Hague and Ovchinin are out of the capsule and are reported to be in good condition.

The two astronauts are making an emergency landing after a Russian booster rocket carrying them into orbit to the International Space Station has failed after launch.

NASA astronaut Nick Hague, a member of the International Space Station (ISS) expedition 57/58, is helped by specialists as his space suit is tested at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on October 11, 2018.

Two astronauts who survived the mid-air failure of a Russian rocket will fly again and are provisionally set to travel to the International Space Station (ISS) in spring of next year, the head of Russia's space agency said on Friday. "The Soyuz capsule returned to earth via a ballistic descent".

USA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin parachuted to the ground safely in their capsule after a booster on the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft failed, NASA and Russia's space agency said.

Rescue teams using off-road vehicles and paratroopers deployed in helicopters raced to locate the capsule, near the Kazakh city of Dzhezkazgan.

"The crew is returning to Earth in a ballistic descent mode".

A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin said, "Thank God the crew is alive" after they had landed safely.

NASA's deputy chief astronaut, Reid Wiseman, said the crew "handled their procedures exactly as planned" and are "in great shape".

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An interruption would also be disastrous for the research aboard the ISS, as the orbiting station serves as a scientific laboratory.

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

Russian officials said crewed space launches have been suspended pending an investigation into the malfunction.

Asked about the malfunction which forced the emergency landing, Todd said it was "very hard to the untrained eye to try and diagnose" exactly what happened, but that it was a "major anomaly" with the Soyuz system.

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

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. The three-person crew was subjected to gravity forces of about eight times Earth's gravity for up to two minutes.

The Russian Soyuz spacecraft is now the only vehicle for ferrying crews to the International Space Station following the retirement of the United States space shuttle fleet.

The crash comes after Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin accused Elon Musk of conspiring with the Pentagon to force other players out of the space industry and suggested that worldwide astronauts had sabotaged the ISS by drilling the hole found in its hull. That leaves NASA dependent on Russian Federation and its Soyuz rockets until then. The first crewed flights would not take place until several months after that, unless the space agency is willing to take additional risks with those missions.

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