Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

Soyuz crew reportedly alive after emergency landing

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Cary Marshall | 11 October, 2018, 12:49

A statement issued by NASA said: "The Soyuz MS-10 launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station at 4:40 a.m. EDT Thursday, October 11 (2:40 pm in Baikonur)".

U.S. space agency NASA said Thursday that a Russian rocket carrying two astronauts to the International Space Station made an emergency landing.

Russian and USA space officials said the crew made an emergency landing in Kazakhstan at an unspecified time.

Four helicopters have taken off from Kazakh bases to search for the Soyuz crew, according to RIA news agency citing local officials.

NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Roscosmos' Alexei Ovchinin lifted off as scheduled from the Russia-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan atop a Soyuz booster rocket. A Reuters reporter who observed the launch from around 1 km away said it had gone smoothly in its initial stages and that the failure of the booster rockets must have occurred at higher altitude.

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Russian and US space officials said that the crew is heading for an emergency landing in Kazakhstan at an unspecified time.

Relations between Moscow and Washington have sunk to post-Cold War lows over the crisis in Ukraine, the war in Syria and allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential vote, but Russia and the United States have maintained cooperation in space. Their Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft will arrive at the space station after a quick, 6-hour or "fast track" rendezvous rather than the traditional, two-day route.

The Soyuz was carrying NASA astronaut Nick Hague, making his first spaceflight, and Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin, making his second. Hague and Ovchinin will spend about six months living and working aboard the orbiting lab.

Relations between Moscow and Washington have sunk to post-Cold War lows over the crisis in Ukraine, the war in Syria and allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential vote, but Russia and the USA have maintained cooperation in space.

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