[BAIKONUR COSMODROME, Kazakhstan] A Russian cosmonaut and an American astronaut were confident on Thursday that a Soyuz missile bound to…
[BAIKONUR COSMODROME, Kazakhstan] A Russian cosmonaut and an American astronaut were confident on Thursday that a Soyuz missile bound to the international space station failed in the air two minutes after the liftoff in Kazakhstan, led to a dramatic emergency landing.
The two-man crew, Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin and US Nick Haag landed unscathed on the Kazakh desert strike when civil servants competed to reach them, according to the US space organization Nasa and the Russian space agency Roscosmos.
The accident occurred when the first and second stages of a Russian booster racket were separated shortly after the launch of Kazakhstan’s Soviet era cosmodrome of Baikonur.
The Sojuz capsule carries Ovchinin and The Hague separated from the wrong Russian rocket and killed 31
miles (50 km) down to the surface, with parachutes that helped slow down their speed, Nasa said. A cloud of sand was filled up when the capsule landed after what Nasa called a 34-minute steep ballistic descent.
Video from the inside of the capsule showed that the two men were shaken at the moment the error occurred, with arms and legs flailing. Mr. Ovchinin can be heard and says, “It was a quick flight.”
Photographs that Roscosmos released after rescue showed the two men laughing and relaxing on couches in a city near their landing spot when they underwent medical tests. A photo published on Twitter by Nasa revealed that Ovchinin and Hague embraced their families after being transported back to the Baikonur site.
Rescue personnel competed for the scene to pick them up from their landing, including parachuting, helicopters and terrain vehicles, Nasa said.
Nasa has invoked Russian rockets to fly astronauts to the space station since the US discontinued its space shuttle program 2011, despite the fact that the agency has announced plans for a test flight carrying two astronauts on a spaceX commercial rocket next April.
The space is a cooperation area between the United States and Russia at a time of sharp relationships. President Donald Trump told the accident, told reporters at the White House that he was not worried that American astronauts had to rely on Russia to enter the space.
Thursday’s accident was the first serious launch problem experienced by a manned Sojuzrum mission since 1983, when a crew released dirt before an explosion platform.
Moscow immediately interrupted all manned space launches, reported the news agency of the RIA while Rosco’s boss Dmitry Rogozin said he ordered a government commission that would be created to investigate what went wrong. Russia’s investigative committee said it initiated a criminal investigation on the issue.
“The rescue service has been working since the first second of the accident,” Rogozin wrote on Twitter. “MS-Soyuz Spacecraft rescue system worked smoothly.” The crew has been saved. “
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters the most important thing was that the two men lived.
The space station next time mission assignment was planned at the end of October from Baikonur, but the new investigation can postpone it.
Nasa officials now have to decide whether or not to retain US presence at the US $ 100 billion US Dollar Research Center.
The fact that this crew did not get in circulation, but we are sure that our Russian colleagues will find out what’s happening and hopefully we’ll soon see Nick and Alexei in spacecraft at Space Station soon “Kenny Todd, Nasa The International Space Station Operations Integration Manager.
Hague and Mr Ovchinin joined the station’s current three-member crew, including the American Serena Aunon Chancellor.
“We have planned a lot of things through the rest of the fall and winter, and That’s all that’s just being re-evaluated right now, “Sam Scimemi told Nasa’s head of the International Space Station, Reuters.” We have resources good next year for this crew so there is no worry about resources on board. “
Interfax quoted a source saying that the crash meant that the three people aboard the space station – one German and one Russian besides the US – would be stuck there at least in January . They were due to return to Earth in December.
Unmanned launches of Soyuz rockets can also be interrupted, Interfax says.
Jim Bridenstine visited Kazakhstan for the first time as Thursday and promised a thorough investigation “In the Injury.”
“I am grateful that everyone is safe,” Bridenstine said in a statement.
Issues are now likely to be the issue of Russia’s space program. In August, a hole in a Soyuz capsule docked to the ISS which caused a short loss of air pressure and must be patched. Rogozin has said that it could have been intentionally made by someone during manufacture or while the ship was in space.
In November, Roscosmos lost contact with a new launched satellite weather after blowing from Russia’s new Vostochny cosmodrome in the Far East.