Two astronauts from the U.S. and Russia were safe Thursday after an emergency landing on the steppes of Kazakhstan following the disappointment of a Russian booster rocket conveying them to the International Space Station.
Not long after taking off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Nick Hague and Alexey Ovchinin revealed an issue with the rocket booster.
The men were constrained into a “ballistic descent”, with their capsule landing a couple of hundred miles north of Baikonur.
They have been rescued by rescuers.
Thursday, @AstroHague is preparing to launch on his first space mission – a six-month stay on @Space_Station. Launching at 4:40am ET, six hours later, he and his crewmate will dock to the station at 10:44am ET. Details on how to watch live: https://t.co/N2Sukhxuom pic.twitter.com/Efu50Tkk4c
— NASA (@NASA) October 11, 2018
“The search and recovery teams have reached the Soyuz spacecraft landing site and report that the two crew members… are in good condition and are out of the capsule,” US space office NASA said.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov told reporters that the Soyuz capsule automatically discarded from the booster when it failed 123 seconds after the dispatch from the Russia-rented Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
He said every single kept an eye on launches will be suspended pending an investigation concerning the reason for the disappointment. Borisov included that Russia will completely impart all pertinent data to the U.S.