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14 October 2018, 03:32 | Brenda Erickson
ISS: Space rocket declares emergency after launch – astronauts parachute out | Daily Star
The last one returned to Earth on October 4, carrying NASAastronauts Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold, and cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev of the Russianspace agency Roscosmos, after their 197-day mission in space.
A Russian rocket carrying an American and a Russian to the International Space Station failed on launch Thursday, forcing the astronaut and cosmonaut to careen back to Earth in a dramatic emergency landing.
The rocket's emergency abort system took over at that point, ejecting the Soyuz capsule, which carried the two-man crew on a harrowing ride back down to Earth.
New NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine, who watched the launch at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome along with his Russian counterpart, said Hague and Ovchinin were in good condition.
"The boys will certainly fly their mission", Mr Rogozin tweeted, posting a picture in which he sits with the two astronauts on a Moscow-bound plane.
He said he was "confident" that a new manned mission to the ISS would go ahead as planned in December, praising the "wonderful relationship" between the Russian and United States space agencies. The deputy chief of the Russian Federal Medical and Biological Agency, Vyacheslav Rogozhnikov, added that the two astronauts don't need medical assistance are in good health.
He said a panel of experts is looking into the specific reason that prevented the booster's separation. "We need more data".
He said all manned launches will be suspended pending an investigation into the cause of the failure.
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The launch failure marks an unprecedented mishap for the Russian space program, which has been dogged by a string of launch failures and other incidents.
A spokeswoman for the Canadian Space Agency said Thursday it has not received any information about Saint-Jacques' mission and doesn't yet know what the impact will be on his impending launch.
He said the next unmanned cargo ship could go into space later than planned.
NASA could be forced to fly the International Space Station remotely if the remaining crew members have to leave before the investigation into what caused a failure onboard the Russian Soyuz spacecraft is completed. During the live broadcast of the launch, narration from Mission Control suggested that the booster failed to separate from the Soyuzcapsule.
Both Hague and Ovchinin will spend a few days at Star City for routine medical checks. Russian activities in Ukraine, charges of interfering in the USA presidential election of 2016 and the conflict in Syria are some of the main issues.
"I will also say that we are thrilled that he's safe", Bridenstine continued. That 0.08-inch (2-millimeter) hole in the orbital module of the Soyuzvehicle created a small air leak on the space station that was detected by flight controllers on the ground and ultimately repaired by astronauts and cosmonauts on the space station.
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