Space crew survives plunge to Earth after rocket launch fails

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He watched Thurday's 2-man Soyuz rocket launch to the International Space Station with all of the optimism and anticipation of the countless other successful missions.

The ballistic descent is a sharper angle of landing compared to normal, NASA said.

NASA and Roscosmos said search-and-rescue teams responded quickly to retrieve the crew members, whose spacecraft parachuted to Earth in an emergency landing in Kazakhstan.

The Canadian Space Agency said Thursday that it did not know whether the failed launch would affect Saint-Jacques' launch date.

During a news conference on Thursday, International Space Station Operations Integration Manager Kenny Todd said that should the crew need to leave the station before a replacement crew could be sent up, the station could be piloted remotely. The probe would seek to determine whether safety regulations had been violated during construction, leading to massive damage, the Russian Investigative Committee said in a statement.

However, according to Spiegel, the European space Agency claim that the extension of stay Hirst at the station because of the accident is still pending.

"The Soyuz-FG rocket designed for the launch of Progress MS-10 has been already assembled into a stack (the first and second stages of the rocket) at the Baikonur (cosmodrome)..." It was Hague's maiden space mission.

Russia's rockets are now the only way to get astronauts to the space station, but all manned flights have been out on hold in the wake of Thursday's accident.

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NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, who watched the launch at Baikonur tweeted that Hague and Ovchinin are in good condition.

Two astronauts from the USA and Russian Federation landed safely in the steppes of Kazakhstan after their Soyuz rocket failed two minutes after launch. The crew endured higher than normal G-force, but Russian and USA space officials said they were in good condition. The astronauts were flown by helicopter to Dzhezkazgan and will later be taken to Star City, Russia's space training centre outside Moscow.

"I fully anticipate that we will fly again on a Soyuz rocket and I have no reason to believe at this point that it will not be on schedule", he told reporters in Moscow.

Mr Bridenstine also praised the two crew members and said, 'It's fantastic everyone came home safely. The last one returned to Earth on October 4, carrying NASA astronauts Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold, and cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, after their 197-day mission in space.

This morning's mishap is the fourth time in history the Soyuz space program has had to conduct a ballistic reentry into Earth's atmosphere.

An American astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut had to make an emergency landing after a Soyuz rocket malfunctioned shortly after takeoff.

The Russian Soyuz spacecraft is now the only vehicle for ferrying crews to the International Space Station following the retirement of the US space shuttle fleet.

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