Published: Fri, October 12, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

New Station Crew Less Than A Day From Launching to Station

New Station Crew Less Than A Day From Launching to Station

Before launch, Glover made a presentation about the mission, boasting about the reliability of the Russian-made Soyuz rocket the two were to launch in.

Russian Cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin and USA astronaut Nick Hague were on board but their lives "are not in danger", said Russian state TV.

This failure raises serious questions about the future of the International Space Station, as since the space shuttle's retirement in 2011 the Soyuz spacecraft and rocket were the only means by which crews have had to reach it.

There was an issue with the booster from today's launch. Eleven minutes after liftoff, NASA tweeted that the "crew is returning to Earth in a ballistic descent mode", meaning the spacecraft was falling to Earth without any propulsion.

The crew "report they are in good condition", NASA said.

Astronaut Nick Hague and cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin were rescued without injuries in Kazakhstan.

The International Space Station, a rare point of cooperation between Moscow and Washington, has been orbiting the Earth at roughly 28,000 kilometres per hour since 1998 and will mark its 20th birthday in November.

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The rocket was en route to the International Space Station (ISS). He added that a "thorough investigation into the cause of the incident will be conducted".

The Soyuz MS-10 launched from Kazakhstan at 4:40 a.m. EST and was going to the ISS. Russian officials have also insisted on a bigger role in a USA -led plan to build a space station orbiting the moon.

1971: The three-men crew aboard Soyuz 11 suffocated as the result of an air leak after undocking from the Salyut 1 space station. The space agency recently announced the nine astronauts that will crew the test flights and first missions of the SpaceX Crew Dragon and Boeing CST-100 Starliner spacecraft.

He said all manned launches will be suspended pending an investigation into the cause of the failure.

Collaboration between the United States and Russian space agencies has largely steered clear of geopolitical controversies, despite a standoff between Washington and Moscow that has continued since Russia's annexation of the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 and allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

The anomaly with the booster problem has not been identified or described. Roscosmos sent more than 70 rocket engines back to production lines to replace faulty components.

There are a few potential alternatives to leaving the ISS without a crew for the first time in almost 20 years, but given the risk-adverse nature of human spaceflight, it seems unlikely NASA or Roscosmos will want to tempt fate on any of them.

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