ISS crew in 'good condition' after failed space launch

ISS crew in 'good condition' after failed space launch

Yesterday's problem occurred when the first and second stages of a booster rocket, launched from the Soviet-era cosmodrome of Baikonur in the central Asian country, were separating, triggering emergency systems soon after launch.

According to Dmitry Rogozin, the head of the Russian part of the International Space Station (ISS), the flight is being planned for the spring of next year.

The two crew members on board, cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin and Nick Hague of NASA, are alive after performing an emergency landing. 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.

"It is impossible to draw any conclusions now", said President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov. NASA too is conducting an investigation of its own.

But more than a minute after launch, their Soyuz MS-10's booster failed.

The Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft is launched Thursday with Expedition 57 Flight Engineer Nick Hague of NASA and Flight Engineer Alexey Ovchinin of Roscosmos, at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. A Soyuz capsule attached to the station that they use to ride back to Earth is designed for 200 days in space, meaning that their stay in orbit could only be extended briefly. This caused the capsule to drop very sharply into the Earth's atmosphere.

About 34 minutes elapsed from the time the rocket failed to when the capsule finally parachuted to a landing on the steppes of Kazakhstan, where rescue crews swiftly picked up the pair.

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Russia's RIA news agency reported that Russian Federation has immediately suspended all manned space launches after the failure. Neither NASA or Roscosmos will be jumping to any conclusions, but Russian Federation has promised a full investigation and is forming a team to look into how and why the rocket failed as it did. The hole caused a brief loss of air pressure before being fixed.

Lozano agrees. "Soyuz rockets are relatively low in risk and the safety record is astounding", he said.

Hague was born in the same year the United States and the Soviet Union launched their first joint space mission, the Apollo-Soyuz, or Soyuz-Apollo mission in 1975. The cosmonauts safely escaped in that accident as well. He added that Russian Federation will fully share all relevant information with the U.S. Russian activities in Ukraine, charges of interfering in the US presidential election of 2016 and the conflict in Syria are some of the main issues. -Russian cooperation continuing despite geopolitical tensions.

This mishap could also have major implications for NASA's plans to get astronaut's launching from the US again in the next few years.

SpaceX, the company owned by entrepreneur Elon Musk, and veteran aerospace giant Boeing were awarded billion-dollar contracts in 2014 to develop manned space vehicles. Hai Do was the editor.

"That relationship is strong, and whatever happens terrestrially, we've always been able to keep space exploration and discovery and science separate from whatever terrestrial disputes there may be", he said.

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