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Soyuz rocket carrying crew to ISS malfunctions during launch Soyuz rocket carrying crew to ISS malfunctions during launch
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The Russian Soyuz rocket carrying two crewmembers suffered a booster malfunction during launch in Kazakhstan. Less than two minutes after the US-Russian crew blasted off on their mission to the ISS, the Russian Soyuz booster rocket failed mid-air. The crew was forced to put their training to the test and make an emergency landing.
“The boosters on a second-stage launching vehicle switched off,” the sources at the Baikonur Cosmodrome told Interfax news agency. “The crew is alive. They are conducting an emergency landing.” Expedition 57 was due to transport Roscosmos’ Aleksey Ovchinin and NASA astronaut Nick Hague to the International Space Station in the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft. But the booster suffered an apparent malfunction some 119 seconds after liftoff, forcing the crew to make a split second decision to separate from the rocket and quickly abort their space odyssey.
The two people onboard were cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin and Nick Hague of NASA. The third passenger place was reserved for cargo. The crew, both alive and unharmed, made a dramatic 'ballistic re-entry' in Kazakhstan. Rescue helicopters were scrambled to the touchdown location of the capsule.
DETAILS TO FOLLOW The pair were due to deliver cargo and a Russian-made 3D bio-printer with which scientists were planning to grow human organs and tissue in zero gravity.
The crew, both alive and unharmed, made a dramatic 'ballistic re-entry' in Kazakhstan. Helicopters were scrambled to the touchdown location of the capsule to get the spacemen out as quickly as possible.
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