Russian Space Crew Makes Emergency Landing

International Space Station crew members board the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft for the launch at the Baikonur Cosmodrome Kazakhstan

International Space Station crew members board the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft for the launch at the Baikonur Cosmodrome Kazakhstan

A view shows the Soyuz capsule transporting USA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin, after it made an emergency landing following a failure of its booster rockets, near the city of Zhezkazgan in central Kazakhstan October 11, 2018.

A Russian cosmonaut and an American astronaut were recovered unharmed early Thursday after the Soyuz booster they were aboard on a launch to the International Space Station failed.

A Soyuz capsule attached to the station which they use to ride back to Earth is designed for a 200-day mission, meaning that their stay in orbit could only be extended briefly.

NASA chief Jim Bridenstine said his team is working with their Russian counterparts.

Russia's Interfax news agency had said the crew is in good condition and require no immediate medical help while NASA had earlier said help is on the way.

"The crew landed", Dmitry Rogozin, director of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, said on Twitter.

For years, since NASA's final shuttle mission launched in 2011, the USA has relied on Russian rockets to send astronauts to the International Space Station, which is largely funded by America taxpayer dollars.

Family members wore custom-made "Team Hague" jackets, with patches sewn on representing NASA, the International Space Station, and the official mission that took place Thursday.

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In a series of photos, Mr Gerst captured the moment a Russian Soyuz rocket malfunctioned at the start of what should have been a routine six-hour flight to deliver two astronauts to the ISS.

The last major failure occurred in 1983, when a Soyuz rocket exploded on its launch pad. If they wait too long after that, they will be stranded with no way to get back to Earth.

With the failure of this launch, there are far-reaching consequences for the world's human space programs, and for those astronauts and cosmonauts now on board the International Space Station.

Krikalyov pledged that the Russian space agency will do its best not to leave the orbiting outpost unoccupied.

"We need more data", he said. The head of Roskosmos's manned-flight program has said the space agency is still planning to send a crew to the space station in December, pending the results of the investigation into the October 11 launch mishap. But Russia would like to avoid mothballing the station, he said.

"To keep space separate from the political environment has been our tradition and we want to keep that", said Bridenstine.

In a press release issued yesterday, NASA said it will "support Roscosmos' investigation into the incident". "We have resources well into next year for this crew, so there's no concern about resources on board".

Normally this only happens once the boosters have fired the module into space, and the capsule then completes the final part of the journey alone. -Russian cooperation in space, voicing hope that it wouldn't be affected by politics.

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