Space station astronauts kept informed on launch

  • Space station astronauts kept informed on launch

Space station astronauts kept informed on launch

Hague and Ovchinin were set to join the station's current three-member crew, which includes American Serena Aunon-Chancellor.

Hague's wife and parents anxiously awaited word at Baikonur, accompanied the whole time by a NASA astronaut who was in the same class as Hague.

Moscow says the hole is the result of deliberate drilling and has suggested sabotage, while the US space agency said earlier this week that investigators will determine the cause.

If the Russian rockets remain grounded until it's time for the crew to come home, flight controllers could operate the station without anyone on board, Todd said. "And if that's a month, or if it's two months, or six - I really can't speculate on the length of it", NASA's ISS operations integration manager Kenny Todd, said. Russian Federation says there is enough food on board to last until April. NASA's Bridenstine said Hague, the USA astronaut, had told him he wanted to fly again and that NASA had huge confidence in him but that he didn't know when he might fly. They will spend the night in Baikonur before being flown to Star City, Russia's space training center outside Moscow.

The head of Russia's top space medicine center says that two astronauts from the US and Russian Federation are feeling good after an emergency landing. Ovchinin spent six months on the station in 2016.

1971: The three-men crew aboard Soyuz 11 suffocated as the result of an air leak after undocking from the Salyut 1 space station. Hague was supposed to be one of the spacewalkers.

NASA has been dependent on Russia's crewed Soyuz spacecraft and rockets to fly astronuats to and from the space station since the agency retired its space shuttle fleet in 2011.

Russian officials said they were launching a criminal investigation into the accident, the first such incident on a manned flight in the country's post-Soviet history.

Abbey said he doubted the timeline for when commercial space flights would be ready to begin shuttling people to the space station, given all the testing and certification by US authorities they face.

Earlier this week, NASA's Bridenstine emphasized that collaboration with Russia's Roscosmos remains important.

Observers said the astronauts survived the launch failure thanks to the Soviet-era rocket's rescue system

Space is a rare area of cooperation between Moscow and Washington, whose ties have deteriorated to lows not seen since the Cold War over issues such as Russian election interference and the crises in Syria and Ukraine.

The hole was detected in August and quickly sealed up, but Russian newspapers said Roscosmos was probing the possibility that United States crewmates had sabotaged the space station to get a sick colleague sent back home.

The malfunction could cause trouble for NASA as the agency is waiting for both Boeing and SpaceX to deliver homegrown spacecraft so it no longer has to rely on Russian Federation to send supplies and crew to the ISS. Soviet cosmonauts Vladimir Titov and Gennady Strekalov jettisoned and landed safely near the launch pad after the Soyuz explosion. Paratroopers parachuted to the rescue site, TASS news agency reported.

The head of Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, on Twitter pledged that the two men would still make it to the ISS. "This is a very hard business that we're in".

He added that it will take about a week for the crew to fully recover.

In 1975, the failure of a Soyuz upper stage sent Vasily Lazarev and Oleg Makarov into a fiery fall to Earth from an altitude of about 118 miles, subjecting them to enormous gravity loads that caused them to black out and temporarily lose eyesight.

"We have plenty of supplies on board the station to support the crew and they're going to continue to do work", NASA spokesperson Kelly Humphries told

While Russian rockets had earned a stellar reputation for their reliability in the past, a string of failed launches in recent years has called into doubt Russia's ability to maintain the same high standards of manufacturing. He didn't say if he suspected any of the station's crew.

A Progress rocket was lost in the atmosphere in December 2016.