Published: Sat, October 13, 2018
Sci-tech | By Spencer Schmidt

ISS: Space rocket declares emergency after launch - astronauts parachute out

ISS: Space rocket declares emergency after launch - astronauts parachute out

The crew are in good condition and in contact.

American astronaut Nick Hague (right) and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin speak before taking off aboard a Soyuz MS-10 capsule to the International Space Station, in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, on October 11, 2018.

An American astronaut and Russian cosmonaut were forced to abort their mission to the International Space Station on Thursday, after a rocket failure mid-flight.

A Soyuz rocket carrying crew members to the International Space Station (ISS) malfunctioned during a launch in Kazakhstan.

The booster anomaly was identified about 3min 15sec. after lift-off at 4:40a.m. ET, triggering a ballistic re-entry of the capsule and subjecting the crew to higher than normal g-forces.

The capsule landed about 20km (12 miles) east of Dzhezkazgan in Kazakhstan. Spacecraft returning from the ISS normally land in that region.

Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin's spokesman, put it more bluntly in his daily conference call with journalists: "Thank God everyone is alive".

The Russian space agency Roscosmos tweeted that it's creating a formal commission to investigate the rocket failure. This was his first trip to the International Space Station.

It is also possible that this event could affect the next scheduled crew launch of three astronauts in December who were set to replace NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor, Russian cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev and Gerst. According to NASA TV footage of the launch, Russian flight controllers first announced a booster failure about 165 seconds into flight.

Earlier this week, Bridenstine emphasized that collaboration with Russia's Roscosmos remains important.

A USA astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut are alive after a failure during a mission to the International Space Station.

ABC News reported that Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov announced that all manned launches will be suspended until the investigation is complete and the cause of the rocket's failure can be pin-pointed. Paratroopers parachuted to the rescue site, TASS news agency reported. Russian Federation stands to lose that monopoly in the coming years with the arrival of the SpaceX's Dragon v2 and Boeing's Starliner crew capsules.

The launch failure follows close on the heels of another Soyuz issue, in which a hole was discovered August 29 on the MS-09 spacecraft that delivered the most recent crew to the space station.

Russia, which relies on boosters designed during the Soviet Union, has a reputation for reliability with spacecraft. The Soyuz MS-09 capsule which delivered them remains docked to the station and can be used to return that crew home at least through the end of the year. The leak was quickly repaired, but Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin suggested that the leak was caused by something other than an accident or production defect. Three Americans, two Russians and one German are now aboard the station.

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