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Soyus Rocket Fails

Posted 251 days ago | 11.10.18

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Soyus Rocket Fails

Not long after take-off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Nick Hague, a US astronaut and Alexey Ovchinin his Russian partner,  reported a problem with the rocket's booster. They were subesquently forced to make an emergency landing after the Suyus rocket malfunctioned. It was on its way to the International Space Station (ISS)

The men were forced into a ‘ballistic descent’, and the capsule landed  a few hundred miles north of Baikonur. They have landed safely and have been picked up by rescue teams.

US space agency Nasa said: "The search and recovery teams have reached the Soyuz spacecraft landing site and report that the two crew members are in good condition and are out of the capsule.” 

Russia’s response has been to suspend further manned flights pending an investigation into what caused the problem.

Initially the launch seemed to be going smoothly, but about 90 seconds later Nasa reported a problem with the booster rocket between the first and second stages of separation.

Footage from inside the capsule shows the two men being shaken around at the moment that the fault happened.

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