Booster failure on Soyuz rocket forces U.S., Russian space crew to make forced landing


(Bloomberg) — A booster failure during a Soyuz rocket launch forced the two crew members to abort their mission to the International Space Station and return to Earth in the first such emergency landing for the Russian-built spacecraft since 1975.

American Nick Hague and Russian Alexey Ovchinin landed safely after an “anomaly with the booster” prompted the ascent to be aborted, NASA head Jim Bridenstine said in a statement. The mission would have been Hague’s first space flight. Search and rescue teams reported the men are in good condition after making a ballistic descent, which has “a sharper angle of landing compared to normal,” NASA said on Twitter.

“Thank god, the cosmonauts are alive,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call. “The crew’s safety systems worked.”

The Soyuz capsule is returning to Earth via a ballistic descent, which is a sharper angle of landing compared to normal. Search and rescue teams are heading towards the expected touchdown location of the spacecraft and crew. Live updates: https://t.co/mzKW5uDsTi pic.twitter.com/PH5t96RAfB

— NASA (@NASA) October 11, 2018

Russia may indefinitely postpone its next manned Soyuz launch planned for December, state-owned RIA Novosti reported, citing an unidentified person. The space station has enough food and supplies for the current crew to last six months, the Interfax news service reported, citing an unidentified person.

A government commission has been formed to investigate the cause of the accident, according to a tweet from Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Russian space agency Roscosmos.

Russia’s Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft carrying the members of the International Space Station (ISS) expedition 57/58, Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin and NASA astronaut Nick Hague, blasts off to the ISS from the launch pad at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Baikonur on October 11, 2018.

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