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The Russian Soyuz racket will launch astronauts to the space station at Christmas, says the NASA boss

This failure occurred on October 1 1, causing Soyuz spacecraft carrying the NASA astronaut Nick The Hague and the cosmonaut…

This failure occurred on October 1

1, causing Soyuz spacecraft carrying the NASA astronaut Nick The Hague and the cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin to make an emergency landing in Kazakhstan just a few minutes after r liftoff. The investigation of the event has been productive, and the Soyuz rocket is unlikely to be founded for much longer, Bridenstine said today (October 23) at a US Space Council in Washington, DC

“We have one A really good picture of what the problem is, says Bridenstine. “We’re very close to understanding it even better so we can safely start again.” [In Photos: Space Crew’s Harrowing Abort Landing After Soyuz Failure]

He did not work on that question. But speculation is currently focusing on one of Soyuz’s four strap-on boosters, which may have been attached to the rocket incorrectly before the flight. Russian space officials have said they will complete their accident report by 30 October, but it is unclear when the results of the report will be published.

Russian officials have also said they want to carry out three distressed Soyuz launches before using the rocket to air astronauts again. And the current schedule should allow the next launch of the crew to take place on December 20, as planned, Bridenstine told.

“NASA reorganizes, we replicate and we get ready to go again,” he said. “We have a number of Russian Soyuz rocket launches in the next half month, and in December we are waiting for our crew to be placed on a Russian Soyuz rocket to launch the International Space Station again.”

The crew will consist of NASA astronaut Anne McClain, cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko and the Canadian space organization David Saint-Jacques. But Hague and Ovchinin, who made it through their October 11 try safe and sound, will have a new chance in the future, both NASA and Russian space officials have said.

“They are not satisfied,” Bridenstine said about the duo. “They want to be at the International Space Station, and they can not wait to go again. So, we are grateful for their enthusiasm.”

NASA is also grateful that the Soyuz emergency disturbance worked exactly as it was thought that on October 11, he admitted.

“It is important to note that, although this was a failed launch, it was probably the single most successful failed launch as we could have imagined,” Bridenstine said.

Today’s event marked the fourth meeting of the newly reconstructed National Space Council, organized by US Vice President Mike Pence. The meeting today focused largely on the efforts made to create a space force like the US Army’s sixth branch, a priority of President Donald Trump.

Mike Wall’s Book On The Search For Alien Life “ Out There will be published on November 13 by Grand Central Publishing. Follow him on Twitter @michaeldwall . Follow us @Spacedotcom or Facebook . Originally published on Space.com .

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