NASA says will use Russia's Soyuz rocket again despite accident

U.S. astronaut Nick Hague right and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin crew members of the mission to the International Space Station wave as they board the rocket prior to the launch of Soyuz-FG rocket at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome Kazakhs

U.S. astronaut Nick Hague right and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin crew members of the mission to the International Space Station wave as they board the rocket prior to the launch of Soyuz-FG rocket at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome Kazakhs

Both men appear understandably disappointed in the wake of what they just experienced, and the realization that they won't be headed to the International Space Station any time soon. NASA has Soyuz seats booked until November 2019, after which it hopes to use private US companies such as SpaceX and Boeing to ferry its astronauts up and down. The city is about 450 kilometers from the Russia's Baikonur space center, which Russian Federation operates through an agreement with the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Nasa astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin landed safely and rescue crews who raced to locate them on the Kazakh steppe quickly linked up with them, the United States space agency and Russia's Roscosmos said.

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.

Roscosmos has announced the initial results of its investigation into the Soyuz MS-10 launch failure.

Russian space launches were suspended Thursday after the booster malfunctioned about two minutes after liftoff - about 31 miles above the surface - with NASA's Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin aboard. This caused the capsule to drop very sharply into the Earth's atmosphere.

About 30 minutes later the capsule parachuted onto a barren area of steppe in Kazakhstan. We await further word from the search and rescue team.

Two astronauts from the USA and Russia are making an emergency landing after a Russian booster rocket carrying them into orbit to the International Space Station has failed after launch.

Appearing at times emotional, he said he was "confident" a new manned mission to the International Space Station would go ahead as planned in December, praising the "wonderful relationship" between the Russian and U.S. space agencies. He said Russian Federation will share all relevant information with the U.S.

While the Russian program has been dogged by a string of problems with unmanned launches in recent years, Thursday was the first manned failure since September 1983, when a Soyuz exploded on the launch pad.

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.

There was no immediate word on whether Mr Gertz and the current space station crew might need to extend their own six-month missions.

This type of Soyuz rocket has been flying people to space since 2001, and until now, it has never failed, according to Space News. The cosmonauts safely escaped in that accident as well.

The crew, which was travelling to the International Space Station, is reportedly safe and in "good condition" after the scary failure was broadcast on the web. They said that the aborted Soyuz mission would not affect operations, as they have enough supplies to last them until the next cargo arrives.

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