US, Russia astronauts making emergency landing - 10/11/2018 4:09:00 AM

Family moment Astronaut Nick Hague says farewell to his sons before launch

Family moment Astronaut Nick Hague says farewell to his sons before launch

A view shows the Soyuz capsule transporting USA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin, after it made an emergency landing following a failure of its booster rockets, near the city of Zhezkazgan in central Kazakhstan October 11, 2018.

NASA says it's dusting off its plans for flying the International Space Station without a crew after the aborted launch of a Russian rocket taking two astronauts toward the station. It was the first time that the Soyuz - the main workhorse of crewed space flight today - had failed on a launch to the 20-year-old International Space Station. Ovchinin, the Russian cosmonaut, can be heard saying: "That was a quick flight".

"I hope that the American side will treat it with understanding", he said. "And then of course data was lost, communications was lost for a period of time, and then everybody went to their respective corners attempting to find out what the truth is".

Rescue crews then raced to the scene to retrieve them with reports of paratroopers parachuting to their landing spot. 'The emergency rescue systems of the MS-Soyuz spacecraft worked smoothly.

Veteran cosmonaut Krikalyov said that "in theory" the ISS could remain unmanned but added Russian Federation would do "everything possible not to let this happen".

Hague also expressed his gratitude.

Experts are now trying to determine what specific glitch prevented the booster's separation.

Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques had been scheduled to be on the launch of a Soyuz spacecraft on December 20. Mr Borisov added that Russian Federation will fully share all relevant information with the US.

All manned launches have been suspended and a criminal probe has been launched. A state commission has been established to investigate the incident.

Still, Phil McAlister, who oversees the commercial crew program for NASA, recently warned that "launch dates will still have some uncertainty, and we anticipate they may change as we get closer to launch". Dzhezkazgan is about 280 miles northeast of Baikonur, and spacecraft returning from the space station normally land in that region.

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An astronaut and cosmonaut just faced their worst nightmare when yesterday's Soyuz launch failed, sending them crashing back to Earth. As for specifics, Todd said there was no "defined time limit" for how long the station could remain unoccupied.

In August, the space station crew found a hole in a Soyuz capsule docked to the orbiting outpost that caused a brief loss of air pressure before being patched.

Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov said no further manned missions would take place "until we believe that the entire situation guarantees safety". "The conservation of the station is possible, but it's undesirable".

The three astronauts now aboard the International Space Station were supposed to welcome two new roommates today, but an anomaly a few minutes after launch sent those crewmembers speeding back to Earth in an emergency landing.

"We're tightening our seatbelts", Ovchinin said in the video.

But he says the $100 billion asset would need to be staffed before SpaceX or Boeing launches new crew capsules next year.

He said that the launch failure underlined the need for multiple launch systems to complement one another. He said one version was that the first stage had not separated correctly. "This demonstrates how important it is to have collaboration and to not be dependent on one system or another system".

In the meantime, the absence of a government-run manned space program, plus other technological advances, has helped spur a rush by private USA companies to develop their own launch technologies. That later gave way to veiled suggestions of politically motivated space skullduggery.

A space walk planned for mid-November has also been cancelled, he said. "When it comes to space and exploration and discovery and science, our two nations have always kept those activities separate from the disputes that we have terrestrially".

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