'That was a quick flight': Crew of failed rocket keeps cool

ISS: Space rocket declares emergency after launch – astronauts parachute out | Daily Star

The two astronauts were heading to the International Space Station, but Thursday's launch failed just two minutes after the lift-off.

The capsule jettisoned from the booster and went into a ballistic descent, landing at a sharper than normal angle and subjecting the crew to heavy gravitational force.

Both the USA space agency NASA and Russia's Roscosmos reported that the two were quickly recovered from the landing area by rescue crews.

"Teams are working with our Russian partners to obtain more information about the issue with the booster from today's launch", the agency said.

NASA said it has been informed by Russian space officials that the crew has made an emergency landing at an unspecified location in Kazakhstan and is in good condition.

The Interfax news agency on Friday cited a source familiar with the Russian investigation as saying that a faulty valve had caused the first stage of the Soyuz-FG rocket to malfunction even though the valve had been properly checked before take-off.

Moscow has suspended all manned space launches, while Rogozin has ordered a state commission to investigate what went wrong.

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But the opposition newspaper Novaya Gazeta also said the astronauts survived thanks to the reliability of the Soviet-era rocket's rescue system, which returned them safely to Earth despite the launch failure. This was his first trip to the International Space Station.

NASA astronaut Nick Hague was one of the two men aboard the Soyuz rocket that failed soon after launch yesterday (Oct. 11) - and NASA had hardly confirmed that he was safe before speculation about his flight schedule began.

It had taken off, as usual, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in the country's south. Ovchinin and Hague were both traveling to the ISS to join the three astronauts now aboard - Gerst, NASA's Serena Auñón-Chancellor, and Roscosmos' Sergey Prokopyev.

This morning, the first launch since the possible sabotage was discovered, Russia's Soyuz booster saw its first in-flight failure in recent memory, and the first manned rocket-related emergency in decades. Astronaut Nick Hague and cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin were able to enter the escape pod around 90 seconds into launch, and landed 250 miles away from the launch site, unhurt. They will be transported to the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia outside of Moscow.

"We can both do more in space together than we can ever do alone", Bridenstine said. Bridenstine told reporters he didn't expect political differences to impinge.

And Sasha Severny tweeted that the emergency landing represented "the worst day for the Russian Orthodox Church in the past 300 years!"

The Russian Soyuz spacecraft is now the only vehicle for ferrying crews to the International Space Station following the retirement of the USA space shuttle fleet.

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