US, Russian astronauts survive Soyuz emergency landing

US, Russian astronauts survive Soyuz emergency landing

NASA and Roscosmos said search-and-rescue teams responded quickly to retrieve the crew members, whose spacecraft parachuted to Earth in an emergency landing in Kazakhstan.

Gerst tweeted his relief that the two astronauts were safe, saying the day's events "showed again what an unbelievable vehicle the Soyuz is, to be able to save the crew from such a failure".

The launch took place from the Soviet-era cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

Roscosmos, a Russian state corporation, and NASA on Thursday said the three-stage Soyuz booster rocket, which propelled their landing capsule, suffered an emergency shutdown of its second stage. Those questions not only include what happened to make the Soyuz launch fail, but how NASA, Roscosmos, and the ESA will need to change the ISS schedule to accommodate today's failure.

It was the latest in a recent series of failures for the Russian space program, which is also used by the U.S.to carry its astronauts to the station.

NASA confirmed the crew had landed safely back on earth at 8.23pm (AEST). The astronauts were exposed to increased g-force during the descent, but were otherwise unharmed.

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

The failure undoubtedly has major implications for the far future of the space station program, and even in more immediate terms, this will likely change how the station runs for the time being, with two fewer crewmembers than expected. The crew are in good condition and in contact.

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In this photo provided by Russian Defense Ministry Press Service, the Soyuz MS-10 space capsule lays in a field after an emergency landing near Dzhezkazgan, about 450 kilometers (280 miles) northeast of Baikonur, Kazakhstan, on October 11, 2018. There has only ever been one other launch mishap with the Soyuz, in Mongolia in 1975, according to CBS.

A spokeswoman for the Canadian Space Agency said Thursday it has not received any information about Saint-Jacques' mission and doesn't yet know what the impact will be on his impending launch.

A tweet from Roscosmos shows the two astronauts resting comfortably, and looking like they're in good spirits, despite what must have been a hard experience.

Booster rockets carrying a Soyuz spacecraft with a Russian and a U.S. astronaut on board headed for the International Space Station failed mid-air on Thursday, forcing the crew to make an emergency landing.

The Soyuz MS-10 rocket had four boosters strapped to its central core.

All Russian manned launches were suspended pending an investigation into the failure, said Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov. "A thorough investigation into the cause of the incident will be conducted", says NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, who was in Kazakhstan for the rocket launch.

Upon arrival, the two new crew members were scheduled to be welcomed by Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency, the expedition's commander, as well as Serena Aunon-Chancellor of NASA and Sergey Prokopyev of Roscosmos.

Kenny Todd, operations integration manager at NASA for the International Space Station, says the three current residents of the orbiting outpost are fine and have plenty of supplies. The crew bailed out at an altitude of 164,000 feet and landed safely in Kazakhstan.

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