ABOVE VIDEO: American astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin returned to Earth after their rocket suffered a booster failure Thursday shortly after launch.
(NASA) – NASA Astronaut Nick Hague and Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin are in good condition following their safe landing on Earth after a Soyuz booster failure after launch earlier.
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine has shared the following statement on Twitter.
“NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin are in good condition following today’s aborted launch. I’m grateful that everyone is safe,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine.
“A thorough investigation into the cause of the incident will be conducted.”
The Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station at 4:40 a.m. EDT Thursday, October 11 (2:40 p.m. in Baikonur) carrying American astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin.
Shortly after launch, there was an anomaly with the booster and the launch ascent was aborted, resulting in a ballistic landing of the spacecraft.
Search and rescue teams were deployed to the landing site as Hague and Ovchinin exited out of the capsule and were in good condition.
They were transported to the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia outside of Moscow.
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