Publicado: Vie, Octubre 12, 2018
Ciencia | Por Aurelio Ontiveros

Astronauts Make Emergency Landing After Booster Failed


Thursday's dramatic launch abort that returned the crew of Soyuz MS-10 safely to Earth after a still-unidentified booster anomaly was the first time a crewed spacecraft bound for the International Space Station has suffered a mission critical failure.

First reports indicate astronaut Nick Hague and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin are in "good condition" and in contact with search and rescue teams sent to recover them, said NASA spokeswoman Brandi Dean.

The use of ballistic descent has proved controversial in the past, raising questions over the safety of the Soyuz rocket.

Their arms and legs flail while being shaken around at he moment the failure occurred.

Live video of the astronauts showed them shaking violently with the vibrations caused by the malfunction. The two crew members, astronaut Nick Hague and cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin, made it back to the surface safe and sound.

While tensions between the United States and Russian Federation have been strained politically, the two countries still work together in space research. Asked about the mishap, President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House he was "not worried" that American astronauts have to rely on Russian Federation to get into space.

The Russian space agency, Roscosmos, coordinated the launch, which had been planned for multiple years. Russia's Investigative Committee said it opened a criminal investigation into the matter. "Everybody is alive", Rogozin wrote. "The emergency rescue systems of the MS-Soyuz spacecraft worked smoothly. The crew is saved".

NASA astronaut Nick Hague of Hoxie, Kansas and Roscosmos' Alexei Ovchinin lifted off as scheduled at 2:40 p.m. (0840 GMT; 4:40 a.m. EDT) Thursday from the Russia-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan atop a Soyuz booster rocket. Federal Air Transport Agency "Rosaviation"/Handout via REUTERS.

Nevertheless, officials in both countries continue to refer to space flight as a rare example of U.S.

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"The fact that this crew didn't get to orbit, we feel bad for them".

Hague and Ovchinin were to join the current three-person crew on the International Space Station to perform research experiments. Current ISS crew members Sergey Prokopyev, Alexander Gerst, and Serena M. Auñón-Chancellor arrived at the station in June on Soyuz MS-09, so the clock has almost run out for their spacecraft.

A Russian space industry source was cited by the Interfax news agency as saying that there was enough food onboard the ISS to last until April of next year. The intention was to have them work as a team of five until December, when the three scientists now aboard would return to Earth.

Soyuz is one of the oldest rocket designs but also one of the safest.

Watch News 6 and stay with ClickOrlando.com for updates. "A thorough investigation into the cause of the incident will be conducted", NASA administrator Jim Birdenstine tweeted.

In recent years, Russia's space programme has faced a number of technical failures - 13 since 2010.

It comes weeks after a hole was discovered in the International Space Station amid talk from the Russian space authorities of deliberate sabotage. Rogozin has said it could have been sabotage.

Since its debut in the Soviet Union in 1966, the Soyuz has been the most-used launch vehicle in history.

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