Rocket carrying space station crew fails in mid air, crew safe

Rocket carrying space station crew fails in mid air, crew safe

In a series of tweets, NASA stated that NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Roscosmos' Alexei Ovchinin made contact with search and rescue teams.

The launch failure follows close on the heels of another Soyuz issue, in which a hole was discovered August 29 on the MS-09 spacecraft that delivered the most recent crew to the space station. But it is also unlikely any Soyuz missions will fly for a while now until both NASA and Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, have got to the bottom of what went wrong today.

The crew remains in good condition and in touch with ground rescue teams, according to NASA.

Footage then cuts from the crew to an animation, while the rocket returns to Earth in a ballistic descent mode.

Rescue crews are now heading towards the emergency landing site in the barren Kazakh steppe to provide support for the crew. NASA's own transportation system, the commercial crew vehicles under development by SpaceX and Boeing, have yet to take uncrewed test flights to the station, and those are unlikely to occur before early 2019. Neither NASA or Roscosmos will be jumping to any conclusions, but Russian Federation has promised a full investigation and is forming a team to look into how and why the rocket failed as it did.

"There was an emergency shutdown of engines of the second stage".

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With the failure of this launch, there are far-reaching consequences for the world's human space programs, and for those astronauts and cosmonauts now on board the International Space Station.

The launch failure marks an unprecedented mishap for the Russian space program, which has been dogged by a string of launch failures and other incidents in recent years.

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

Two astronauts have landed safely in Kazakhstan after being forced to abort their mission to the International Space Station today.

"Thank god, the cosmonauts are alive", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call. Ovchinin spent six months on the orbiting outpost in 2016.

Collaboration between the U.S. and Russian space agencies has largely steered clear of geopolitical controversies, despite a standoff between Washington and Moscow that has continued since Russia's annexation of the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 and allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 United States presidential election. Last month, the current ISS crew discovered a hole in the vessel that Russian Federation claims was drilled deliberately.

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