Rocket failure forces astronauts to make emergency landing

11 Octobre, 2018, 12:57 | Auteur: Therese Cote

NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Roscosmos' Alexey Ovchinin lifted off in Kazakhstan at around 2:40 p.m. local time from the Russia-leased Baikonur Cosmodrome atop a Soyuz booster rocket.

The two-man crew of a Soyuz rocket are alive after they were forced to make an emergency landing on Thursday following lift-off to the International Space Station, the Russian space agency said. Their Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft will arrive at the space station after a quick, 6-hour or "fast track" rendezvous rather than the traditional, two-day route.

Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques, a back-up crew member, is part of the crew set for the next scheduled-Russian Soyuz launch in December.

"We had an interruption on today's launch", a NASA commentator reported.

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Citing Russian military sources, it said four Mi-8 helicopters had been seen heading for the landing site via Kazakh airports.

"Teams have confirmed the spacecraft separated from the booster and are in contact with the crew as the capsule returns in a ballistic decent mode".

A duo of astronauts from the US and Russian Federation has blasted off for a mission on the International Space Station. It is not clear at this time if that flight will be delayed as a result of the Soyuz MS-10 failure Thursday. Hague and Ovchinin will spend about six months living and working aboard the orbiting lab.

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