US astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin parachuted to the ground safely in their capsule after a booster on the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft failed, NASA and Russia's space agency said.
Officials investigating the failed launch of a Russian Soyuz spacecraft said Friday they had identified part of the reason for the accident.
"The video recorder and telemetry data of Soyuz-FG, which had an accident during the launch on October 11, were delivered to RSC Energia for examination and in order to draw conclusions".
Bridenstine said experts have a "really good idea" of what caused the booster to malfunction about two minutes into Thursday's launch with NASA's Tyler N. "Nick" Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin aboard.
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Hague, who only joined NASA's astronaut corps in 2013, was on his first space mission.
Thankfully, Nick Hague and Alexey Ovchinin landed safely, without any injuries, although the ride was quite uncomfortable - to say the least.
The aborted mission dealt another blow to the troubled Russian space program that now serves as the only way to deliver astronauts to the orbiting outpost.
The US and Russian astronaut who were forced to make an emergency landing after a rocket failure will attempt to launch again next spring.
While the initial launch at 04:40am ET was successful, the problem with the booster soon became apparent. Space is one of the few areas where the United States and Russia are still actively collaborating, but recent events are putting into question the Russian space industry's capacity to meet today's rigorous standards.
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Private-sector solutions are now in the works, including Boeing's CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX's Crew Dragon, but neither program will be ready to send humans into space until at least the winter of 2019.
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, Oct. 11, 2018. "NASA is working closely with Roscosmos to ensure the safe return of the crew".
Space is an area of cooperation between the United States and Russian Federation at a time of fraught relations.
I never want to understand the kind of fear that the families of NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin experienced in the wee hours of Thursday morning. Everything had been going quite smoothly for Roscosmos ahead of the weird hole discovered in one of their Soyuz spacecraft which was (and still is) attached to the International Space Station. Roscosmos and NASA said the three-stage Soyuz booster suffered an emergency shutdown of its second stage.
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