Rocket carrying two astronauts to International Space Station makes emergency landing

  • Rocket carrying two astronauts to International Space Station makes emergency landing

Rocket carrying two astronauts to International Space Station makes emergency landing

"The crew is returning to Earth in a ballistic descent mode". "The Soyuz capsule returned to Earth via a ballistic descent, which is a sharper angle of landing compared to normal". "The teams are en route to the landing site".

RIA news agency, citing its own source, reported that Russian Federation had chose to suspend all manned space launches following the "Soyuz" failure. "A thorough investigation into the cause of the incident will be conducted", the administrator posted to his Twitter account.

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

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov, quoted by Interfax, said the problem occurred when the first and second stages of the booster rocket were in the process of separating.

Normally this only happens once the boosters have fired the module into space, and the capsule then completes the final part of the journey alone. He met with members of the SpaceFlight Insider team during the flight of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 551 rocket with the MUOS-4 satellite.

They were to dock at the International Space Station six hours later, but the booster suffered engine failure minutes after the launch.

It was to be Hague's first flight to the station, launching at 3:40 a.m. Thursday from Kazakhstan's Baikonur Cosmodrome.

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 rockets ferrying goods aloft in recent years have had a checkered record.

An incident took place during the October 11 launch of a Soyuz spacecraft carrying two men to the International Space Station, with the status of the spacecraft and crew now unknown.