Space crew survives plunge to Earth after rocket launch fails

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New NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine, who watched the launch at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome along with his Russian counterpart, said Hague and Ovchinin were in good condition. Russian officials have also insisted on a bigger role in a USA -led plan to build a space station orbiting the moon.

Eric Berger ofArs Technica reports that Russian sources said the failure occurred about two minutes into flight, suggesting the rocket had a problem during second stage separation, but the exact nature of the complication is unknown.

Two astronauts who survived the mid-air failure of a Russian rocket will fly again and are provisionally set to travel to the International Space Station (ISS) in spring of next year, the head of Russia's space agency said on Friday. The team was en route to the International Space Station (ISS). Roscosmos chief, Dmitry Rogozin, didn't make things much easier after stating that the tiny hole may have been an act of deliberate sabotage. All manned launches from Baikonur Cosmodrome have been suspended until the commission finds out the causes of the failure.

"I will also say that we are thrilled that he's safe", Bridenstine continued. "What we've got to do is we've got to very dispassionately allow the investigation to go forward without speculation, without rumor, without innuendo, without conspiracy".

NASA and Roscosmos said search-and-rescue teams responded quickly to retrieve the crew members, whose spacecraft parachuted to Earth in an emergency landing in Kazakhstan. The crew experienced about eight Gs as the capsule spun around the trajectory access landing about 275 miles off course. "Teams are working with our Russian partners to obtain more information about the issue with the booster from today's launch", the United States agency said. But soon after the landing, USA and Russian officials said that rescue forces were in contact with the astronaut and cosmonaut. Once NASA is free to work with other partners, the collaboration between the U.S. and Russian space programs will likely be significantly renegotiated. "Search and rescue crews are always pre-staged in the event something like this does happen", Dean added.

The rescue capsule automatically jettisoned from the booster before going into descent, landing at a sharper than normal angle and subjecting the crew to heavy gravitational force.

Thursday's early morning launch was broadcast live by NASA TV.

"Thank God, the crew is alive", Dmitry Peskov, Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, told reporters when it became clear the crew had landed safely.

In a series of photos, Mr Gerst captured the moment a Russian Soyuz rocket malfunctioned at the start of what should have been a routine six-hour flight to deliver two astronauts to the ISS. This is especially tricky, as the new batteries arrived later than expected after a series of launch delays from the Japanese cargo vehicle they were on.

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