Soyuz rocket failure forces NASA astronaut, Russian cosmonaut to make emergency landing

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A Russian Soyuz FG rocket carrying a veteran cosmonaut and a NASA astronaut on his first space flight blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Thursday for a trip to the International Space Station, but the booster suffered an apparent failure shortly after liftoff, triggering an emergency abort and descent to Earth. The Soyuz MS-10 capsule, carrying cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin’and NASA engineer and co-pilot Nick Hague, made an emergency landing after a “ballistic” descent, a normal but steeper-than-usual trajectory back to Earth.

The Soyuz descent module landed near the town of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, a familiar staging point for support personnel in normal Soyuz re-entries from space. Recovery crews were in radio contact with Ovchinin and Hague and said both crew members were in good condition. ‘

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Astronauts make emergency landing after Russian Soyuz launch experiences failure

A NASA astronaut and Russian cosmonaut had to make an emergency landing on Earth this morning, after the Russian Soyuz rocket carrying them into orbit experienced a failure during launch. The two crew members ‘ astronaut Nick Hague and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin ‘ safely landed on the ground in Kazakhstan less than an hour after liftoff and are in ‘good condition,’ according to NASA.

The crew took off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 4:40AM ET. About six minutes after launch, Russia’s state space corporation Roscosmos said that there was a problem with the booster during the flight. The failure prompted the crew to make a ballistic reentry, when the Soyuz capsule enters Earth’s atmosphere at a steeper angle than normal. Rescue teams have reached the landing site and the crew is out of the Soyuz capsule.

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  • Date: 2018-10-11T05:40:44-04:00
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The Latest: NASA says 2 astronauts in good condition

NASA says two astronauts from the U.S. and Russia will be flown to Moscow after they made an emergency landing.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a statement that Hague and Ovchinin are in good condition and will be transported to the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City outside Moscow.

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U.S. and Russian space officials said NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Roscosmos’ Alexei Ovchinin are safe after an emergency landing in the steppes of Kazakhstan following the failure of a Russian booster rocket carrying them to the International Space Station.

Rocket failure forces astronauts to make emergency landing

A booster rocket carrying a Soyuz spacecraft with a Russian and a US astronaut onboard headed for the international space station failed in mid-air on Thursday, forcing the crew to make an emergency landing.

The rocket was carrying US astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin. Footage from inside the Soyuz showed the two men being shaken around at the moment the failure occurred, with their arms and legs flailing.

Russian news agencies reported that the crew had safely made an emergency landing and were in radio contact and that rescuers were on the way to pick them up.

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  • Date: 2018-10-11T09:43:56.000Z
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