NASA astronaut Nick Hauge on Soyuz emergency landing after failed launch

Carlton Robbins
October 20, 2018

Mr Hague and Russian Alexei Ovchinin were two minutes into their flight last Thursday from Kazakhstan to the International Space Station when the Soyuz rocket failed.

Russian Federation then suspended manned space missions and is now investigating the cause of the incident.

"I'm not concerned with the Soyuz", Hague said, adding that he had "complete confidence" in the ability of Roscosmos to keep the spacecraft running.

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In footage of the flight released by the Russian space agency Roscosmos Ovchinin can be heard calmly telling mission control that there has been an "accident" and even quipping about a particularly "short flight" before the feed is cut off. "And at any moment in there that we could have a failure, it's going to protect me", he said, describing the aborted launch as "just a great example of those fail-safe systems stepping in and doing the job".

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Hague said that the crew did not experience any extreme temperatures during their journey back to Earth. "And, luckily for us, it was smooth, flat terrain and it ended up as a pretty smooth landing".

"The next flight was originally planned in December, but we will now try to make it a little bit early December", Krikalyov said in a video interview with the RT TV channel. Instead, the pair's emergency rescue system kicked into action after a problem during booster separation. His youngest wanted to know when he was going back to space. He says he'd rather be in orbit, getting ready for a spacewalk, but is grateful to be alive. A Russian accident investigation is continuing, with all crew launches to the space station on hold.

Hague and Ovchinin were on a mission to the International Space Station.

"What can you do?" Russian Federation had immediately issued a notice shortly after the incident, saying that they had suspended all the future manned space flights for now, and an investigation was on to figure out what went wrong with the Soyuz rocket.

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