Russia Creates Group to Consider Temporary Shutdown of ISS After Soyuz Incident

The two-man crew of a Soyuz rocket has made a successful emergency landing following the failure of a Russian booster rocket carrying them to the International Space Station (ISS).

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov told reporters that the Soyuz capsule automatically jettisoned from the booster when it failed 123 seconds after the launch from the Russia-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Something went wrong during the separation of the booster and the capsule containing the two crew members started tumbling back down to earth, violently shaking the men.

American astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin are "resting comfortably" after making an emergency landing of their launch capsule.

"Search and rescue teams report they are in contact with the Soyuz crew, who report they are in good condition", Nasa wrote on Twitter. The launch was to have been Hague's first space mission. Russian space agency Roscosmos has released photographs of both astronauts being checked over after their abrupt landing.

All crewed launches have been suspended by Russia's space agency following Thursday's Soyuz rocket failure.

"That's the scary moment, you know, when you know that the Gs are not where they should be and then communications stops and I'm sure that they are going through their procedures and doing their thing and the question is what's the ultimate G-load ... and how does that affect the crew", he said.

In August, however, the detection of a minute pressure leak on the International Space Station became the subject of intense media speculation in Russian Federation.

Relations between Moscow and Washington have sunk to post-Cold War lows over conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, and allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential vote, but they have kept cooperating in space.

"From everything we have seen, the crew is in great shape", Wiseman said.

Until the investigations are completed, there will be no official information about what caused the rocket's failure to carry the crew to orbit.

While the Russian program has been dogged by a string of problems with other kinds of launches in recent years, Thursday's incident was its first manned launch failure since September 1983, when a Soyuz exploded on the launch pad. Two of these rockets are scheduled to launch in November from USA soil and will presumably still do so.

"We're getting really close already", Bridenstine said. NASA too is conducting an investigation of its own.

Paulo Lozano, an MIT professor of aeronautics and astronautics and director of the university's Space Propulsion Laboratory, said the capsule "went down like a free fall".

Rogozin tweeted shortly before Thursday's failed launch that he had signed a contract to send the first astronaut from the United Arab Emirates to the ISS. The hole cause a small oxygen leak while hooked up to the ISS. "We are anxiously anticipating early next year the test of two separate commercial crew vehicles that will fly to the International Space Station - SpaceX ad Boeing". However, the two sides have continued their cooperation in space.

The atmosphere in the bar was jovial - essentially a reunion for the family, who had drove and flown in from across the country to watch their relative launch into space.

Vanessa Coleman

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