Soyuz rocket fails mid-air, ISS crew safe

Soyuz rocket fails mid-air, ISS crew safe

Soyuz rocket fails mid-air, ISS crew safe

Astronauts on board a Soyuz rocket heading to the International Space Station survived an emergency landing following a booster failure, a Russian space official said Thursday. In a tweet, Russian space agency Roscosmos said an emergency rescue system was activated when the booster rocket failed.

In statements by both Russian Federation and NASA the crew is said to be in "good condition", and no serious injuries have been reported. Search and rescue teams were immediately scrambled to recover the crew and paratroopers were dropped from a plane to reach the site and help the rescue effort.

The rocket took off from Kazakhstan and was on its way to the International Space Station. "Search and rescue crews are always pre-staged in the event something like this does happen", Dean added.

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NASA and its Russian counterpart, Roscosmos, have both confirmed that there will be an investigation into what went wrong during the launch.

The 1975 Soyuz-18-1 mission was much further along in its flight when the abort occurred: just under five minutes, amid the rocket's second and third stage separation.

Ballistic re-entry uses atmospheric drag to slow the spacecraft and can expose crewmembers to G-forces 10 times great than those on Earth, according to New Scientist. "I strongly believe we're going to get the right answer to what caused the hole on the International Space Station and that together we'll be able to continue our strong collaboration", Bridenstine said, as reported by the Associated Press.

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The occupants of the capsule located at the tip of the rocket were scheduled to undertake a six-hour journey to the International Space Station (ISS), where they would meet Expedition 57 crewmates Alexander Gerst, Serena M. Auñón-Chancellor, and Sergey Valerievich.

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A Russian space industry source was cited by the Interfax news agency as saying that there was enough food onboard the ISS to last until April of next year. Shortly after launch, there was an anomaly with the booster and the launch ascent was aborted, resulting in a ballistic landing of the spacecraft. The Soyuz MS-09 capsule which delivered them remains docked to the station and can be used to return that crew home at least through the end of the year. However, this could be a problem for the current ISS crew.

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