Russian Soyuz rocket malfunctions, makes emergency landing

Russian rocket carrying an American astronaut and his Russian counterpart to the global space station aborted the flight shortly after launch because of a booster anomaly.

It was to be the first space mission for Hague, who joined NASA's astronaut corps in 2013.

It's exceptionally hard to believe Roscosmos could rush through an incident investigation before the scheduled December 20th launch of Soyuz MS-11, even if the fault is found to be operational and not with the rocket itself. Russian Federation has launched an investigation and suspended all launches of manned spacecraft until the probe is complete.

Russian controllers told the space station astronauts that Hague and Ovchinin endured 6.7 times the force of gravity during their entry.

The two-man crew, Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin and American Nick Hague, landed unharmed on the Kazakh desert steppe as rescue crews raced to reach them, according to the US space agency NASA and Russia's space agency Roscosmos.

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Visiting Kazakhstan for the first time as NASA administrator, Jim Bridenstine witnessed Thursday's launch and promised a "thorough investigation" into the mishap.

The incident came as the rocket was travelling about 7,563km/h, just 119 seconds into the voyage, according to NASA. Roscosmos sent more than 70 rocket engines back to production lines to replace faulty components, a move that resulted in a yearlong break in Proton launches and badly dented Russia's niche in the global market for commercial satellite launches.

"That is a landing mode we've seen before", the commentator said.

"That was a short flight". Hague and Ovchinin are being taken from their emergency landing site to Moscow. However, this could be a problem for the current ISS crew. But it is also unlikely any Soyuz missions will fly for a while now until both NASA and Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, have got to the bottom of what went wrong today.

In 1975, a manned Soyuz failed to separate between stages during an ascent and triggered the abort system. Its cause still hasn't been determined.

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"Officials are now examining the launch site, documents are being seized", it said in a statement.

Russian space chief Dmitry Rogozin said he was forming a state commission to investigate what caused the failure. The footage showed the ISS crew being severely shaken around as the booster failed mid-air before the feed cut out. The spacecraft executed an emergency ballistic landing with a sharp angle of descent.

The duo had lifted off from the Russian-operated Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

But even the space station has proved a source of controversy in recent weeks. -Russian cooperation in space.

RIA news agency, citing its own source, reported that Russian Federation had chose to suspend all manned space launches following the "Soyuz" failure.

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This failure raises serious questions about the future of the International Space Station, as since the space shuttle's retirement in 2011 the Soyuz spacecraft and rocket were the only means by which crews have had to reach it.

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