NASA astronaut, Russian cosmonaut make emergency landing on earth

12 Octubre, 2018, 01:01 | Author: Enrique Watson
  • The rocket was launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan

It was the first time that the Soyuz - the main workhorse of manned space flight today - had failed on a launch to the 20-year-old International Space Station.

Two astronauts made an emergency landing after their Russian Soyuz rocket to the International Space Station malfunctioned during lift-off on Thursday. Both are alive and unharmed.

The Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities known as Roscosmos had earlier tweeted pictures of the astronauts taking their place in the rocket.

And in November of previous year, Roscosmos lost contact with a newly launched weather satellite - the Meteor-M - after it blasted off from Russia's new Vostochny cosmodrome in the Far East.

Also, the December launch of the next crew members, which included Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques, could be on indefinite hold, as could any other crewed launches that have been scheduled. While not yet officially confirmed, that mission is nearly certainly not going to be launching as scheduled. This is far in excess of what some sources in the Russian press have estimated the crew of Soyuz MS-10 experienced Thursday: anywhere from 5 to 7 Gs. The crew was able to abort, and their capsule proceeded on a ballistic reentry which touched down shortly thereafter. It has a design life of only 215 days, any longer than that and the vehicle's corrosive propellants will degrade their tanks. The current crew's stint in orbit will likely be extended following Thursday's aborted launch. Everything had been going quite smoothly for Roscosmos ahead of the freaky hole discovered in one of their Soyuz spacecraft which was (and still is) attached to the International Space Station. The intention was to have them work as a team of five until December, when the three scientists now aboard would return to Earth. They arrived at the station in June. The contingency procedure sends the spacecraft carrying the crew on a "sharper angle of landing compared to normal", NASA said.

There is however at least one contingency plan which has historic precedent.

And in November past year, Roscosmos lost contact with a newly-launched weather satellite - the Meteor-M - after it blasted off from Russia's new Vostochny cosmodrome in the Far East.

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There is no official information on what exactly the problem was, but apparently the booster of the Soyuz failed to detach.

Hague and Ovchinin were set to replace astronauts Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold, as well as Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev, who departed ISS and returned to Earth last week.

Hague and Ovchinin were expected to spend six months on the station working on a range of scientific experiments.

At this moment, there are no Soyuz spacecraft berthed at the orbiting science station.

But they got into trouble and were forced to make an emergency exit.

Photos released by Russian government and NASA Twitter accounts later showed the men embracing their families and enjoying a hearty Russian meal back on the ground. Their original Shuttle would then attempt an unmanned landing under remote control in an effort to save the expensive reusable spacecraft with no risk to its human occupants.

Speaking with reporters in Moscow before Thursday's launch, Bridenstine said that Russian-American cooperation in space remained strong, amid an investigation into the cause of the leak.



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