NASA astronaut Hague notes his Russian partner's experience USA 10:02

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Although the investigation report provides some details regarding the recent Soyuz rocket failure, it actually leaves quite a few questions unanswered.

Hague said he and Ovchinin, his commander, were flung from side to side and shoved back hard into their seats, as the drama unfolded 50 kilometres (31 miles) above Kazakhstan last Thursday.

Hague - the first American to experience a launch abort like this - communicated in Russian throughout the more than half-hour ordeal.

The next manned flight of a Soyuz rocket to the International Space Station (ISS) could take place on November 28, Interfax news agency quoted a Russian space industry source on Saturday as saying. Hague, making his first launch, saw the curvature of Earth and the blackness of space.

Ovchinin and US astronaut Nick Hague spoke separately Tuesday about their frightening experience when an unknown mishap caused their Russian Soyuz to abort its mission 60 kilometers (37 miles) above Kazakhstan. It has a back-up emergency landing system that the astronauts said was triggered automatically when the launch encountered a glitch.

Ovchinin recalled being violently shaken from side by side as the crew cabin separated from the rocket, followed by a force seven times stronger then gravity as the cabin plunged through the atmosphere, followed by the shock of the parachutes yanking open. "And, luckily for us, it was smooth, flat terrain and it ended up as a pretty smooth landing".

"You can imagine the scene", Hague said. They shook hands and cracked jokes.

His emotions bubbled up once he was reunited with his wife, their two young sons and his parents, back at the launch site. He says he'd rather be in orbit, getting ready for a spacewalk, but is grateful to be alive.

On October 11, Hague and Ovchinin were scheduled to join the International Space Station's crew, but their mission was aborted due to a malfunction in the booster of the Soyuz MS-10 rocket. "What we are doing up there at the space station, what we are doing for human exploration, it's for the benefit of all, and it's important that we continue". "Sometimes you don't get a vote", Hague told the Associated Press. Until we know what was the exact cause of the failure, all launches of the Soyuz-FG rockets that were already planned have been paused.

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