International Space Station is Racing the Clock After Soyuz Failure

International Space Station is Racing the Clock After Soyuz Failure

A Russian cosmonaut and an American astronaut were recovered unharmed early Thursday after the Soyuz booster they were aboard on a launch to the International Space Station failed.

Russian Cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin and United States astronaut Nick Hague of NASA were on board, but their lives are not in danger, according to NASA commentator Brandi Dean at NASA mission control at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

The Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft carrying crew to the ISS was aborted shortly after launch on Thursday, Oct. 11th when its booster failed.

Nasa astronaut Nick Hague and Roscosmos's Alexei Ovchinin were said to be in good condition after landing in Kazakhstan and have exited their capsule.

The astronauts were flown by helicopter to Dzhezkazgan and then by plane to Baikonur. Search and rescue crews are getting ready to reach the expected landing site.

In August, the International Space Station crew spotted a hole in a Russian Soyuz capsule docked to the orbiting outpost that caused a brief loss of air pressure before being patched. Hague and Ovchinin were set to be just the second two-man crew to travel to the space station in recent years.

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In 2008, Expedition 16 crew experienced a similar steep ballistic descent on return from the ISS as did cosmonauts returning from the Salyut space station in 1979.

More details on the status of Hague and Ovchinin when they come in. "That means the crew will not be going to the International Space Station today". Russian Federation has launched an investigation and suspended all launches of manned spacecraft until the probe is complete.

Russian space agency Roscosmos has released photographs of both astronauts being checked over after their abrupt landing.

There have been two similar Soviet-era accidents involving the Soyuz spacecraft, which are still used to ferry crews to and from the ISS. The derivative has been transporting crews to the space station since coming into service in 2001, conducting 55 successful flights in 17 years. The probe would seek to determine whether safety regulations had been violated during construction, leading to massive damage, the Russian Investigative Committee said in a statement.

The last time the Russian space program had a manned launch failure was in 1983. It has a design life of only 215 days, any longer than that and the vehicle's corrosive propellants will degrade their tanks.

The landing location was in Kazakhstan, where the rocket took off, according to Russia's space agency Roscosmos. The space agency recently announced the nine astronauts that will crew the test flights and first missions of the SpaceX Crew Dragon and Boeing CST-100 Starliner spacecraft.

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