Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Soyuz MS-10: Russian spacecraft makes emergency landing on Earth

US, Russia space crew aborts mission after booster failure Rocket carrying space station crew fails in mid air, crew safe:...
Frank Williams | 11 October, 2018, 13:16

The rocket was launched from the Soviet-era cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

Two astronauts from the USA and Russia were safe after an emergency landing Thursday in the steppes of Kazakhstan following the failure of a Russian booster rocket carrying them to the International Space Station.

Nasa says a booster failure forced the two crew to return to return to Earth in a "ballistic descent mode" - a sharper angle of landing compared to normal.

They were to dock at the International Space Station six hours later, but the booster suffered engine failure minutes after the launch.

A Soyuz rocket carrying the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft lifted off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 4:40 a.m.

Search and rescue teams are in the air and heading towards the expected touchdown location, Nasa added.

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Both astronauts were said to be "alive" on Thursday morning, but their exact condition is not known - according to local Russian report.

The US space agency Nasa said there was an "issue with the booster".

A duo of astronauts from the USA and Russian Federation has blasted off for a mission on the International Space Station.

"Teams have been in contact with the crew".

Today's flight is the first space mission for Hague, who joined NASA's astronaut corps in 2013. Hague and Ovchinin will spend about six months living and working aboard the orbiting lab.

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