Published: Thu, October 11, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Dramatic Footage Shows Moment Inside Soyuz Capsule When Booster Rocket Failed

Dramatic Footage Shows Moment Inside Soyuz Capsule When Booster Rocket Failed

TWO astronauts have survived a dramatic emergency landing after boosters on their rocket spectacularly failed as they headed towards the International Space Station.

"The launch had a problem with the booster (rocket) a few seconds after the first stage separation and we can confirm now that the crew has started to go into ballistic descent mode", the voiceover on a NASA livestream from mission control in Houston said. The Soyuz capsule has landed back on Earth carrying two crew members. Which is good news for NASA and companies like SpaceX and Boeing that are developing similar systems for their manned spacecraft - but have never had to test them under live conditions.

Search and rescue forces were scrambled from Baikonur Cosmodrome to the expected landing site, a journey of roughly one and a half hours.

Russian Federation has continued to rely on Soviet-designed booster rockets for launching commercial satellites, as well as crews and cargo to the International Space Station.

Russian and USA space officials said that the crew is heading for an emergency landing in Kazakhstan at an unspecified time.

"Safety of the crew is the utmost priority for NASA".

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Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Russian space agency Roscosmos, tweeted shortly after the incident that a commission of inquiry had already begun work on figuring out the cause, by studying telemetry data from the craft.

The Soyuz MS-10 rocket had four boosters strapped to its central core.

The ability of the Russian-American crew to return safely after the latest mishap drew relief from senior Russian officials.

This was the 139th launch of the Soyuz program and the first abort during ascent since 1975 when a failure in second-stage separation triggered emergency reentry 21 minutes after launch. This incident will likely delay the scheduled mission of Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques, who was set to fly to the space station in December.

"Thank God, the crew is alive", Dmitry Peskov, Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, told reporters when it became clear the crew had landed safely.

NASA coordinated a private event at Peabody's Coneburg Inn exclusively for Hague's extended family, sending astronaut Victor Glover to be a personal envoy to the family there. The space station has enough food and supplies for the current crew to last six months, the Interfax news service reported, citing an unidentified person.

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