NASA astronaut describes close call following failed launch

Eloise Marshall
October 17, 2018

A Russian cosmonaut and a US astronaut survived an aborted liftoff after a Soyuz rocket bound for the ISS failed in mid-air two minutes after the launch in Kazakhstan, leading to a dramatic emergency landing.

"They all hope that everything goes as planned", Prokopyev said.

Mr Hague and Russian Alexei Ovchinin were two minutes into their flight last Thursday from Kazakhstan to the International Space Station when the Soyuz rocket failed.

The escape capsule with the Soyuz MS-10 crew, which had to return to Earth in a ballistic descent mode as a result of the booster failure, hit the ground five times before stopping, a source in the space industry told Sputnik.

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Russia's space agency Roscosmos was not immediately available for comment on Saturday on the Interfax report. Since the incident, Russian Federation has suspended all manned missions until further notice.

The crew aboard the International Space Station (ISS) has enough fuel, oxygen, water, and food to last at least six months, Vladimir Solovyov, flight director of the Russian segment of the ISS, was cited as saying by Russian news agencies on Sunday.

Solovyov, additionally a cosmonaut, made the comments at an address at the Moscow State University after a Russian rocket neglected to convey new team and materials to the station, as indicated by TASS news office.

Russia's Soyuz spacecraft is now the only vehicle for spaceflights between the ISS and the Earth.

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