Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin (R) and US astronaut Nick Hague (L) disembark from a plane, after the "Soyuz" spacecraft made an emergency landing following a failure of its booster rockets, as they arrive at Baikonur airport, Kazakhstan October 11, 2018. "And we must keep trying for the benefit of humankind". The astronauts were flown by helicopter to Dzhezkazgan and will later be taken to Baikonur and on to Star City, Russia's space training center outside Moscow.
"Recovery forces are in touch with the crew and first reports are that they are in good condition", according to NASA TV broadcast.
"If you abandon the space station, then there's no one there to fix things as they fail - and they'll eventually have a serious problem", he said.
Russia launches criminal probe over failed rocket launch Russian investigators said they had opened a criminal probe into the failed rocket launch that caused the two-man crew to make an emergency landing. -Russian cooperation in space.
They were to dock at the orbiting outpost six hours later, but the booster suffered a failure minutes after the launch.
Staff monitoring the launch said the crew-NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin-returned to earth after launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
The mission was supposed to be Hague's first trip into space, and Ovchinin's second six-month stay at the station. "A thorough investigation into the cause of the incident will be conducted", said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, who was in Kazakhstan for the rocket launch.
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"It is a known mode of descent that crew members have gone through before", the Dean said.
NASA rookie Nick Hague and second-time flyer Aleksey Ovchinin of the Russian space agency blasted off for the orbital lab from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan just before 10am Irish time.
He thanked the rescue force that arrived quickly to retrieve American Nick Hague and Russian Alexei Ovchinin from their capsule after an emergency landing.
Russian Federation immediately suspended all manned space launches and set up a state commission to investigate what had gone wrong. The crew has now touched down in Kazakhstan, where they are being attended by search and rescue personnel. The spacecraft has been the sole means of bringing humans to the space station since the end of the U.S. Space Shuttle program, but commercial providers aiming for manned spaceflight are increasingly nipping at Russia's heels.
The Russian Soyuz spacecraft is now the only vehicle for ferrying crews to the International Space Station following the retirement of the US space shuttle fleet.
Russian space agency Roscomos will reportedly perform an inspection of the Progress Rocket Space Centre, where manufacturing of the Soyuz rocket took place.
Collaboration between the USA and Russian space agencies has largely steered clear of geopolitical controversies, despite a standoff between Washington and Moscow that has continued since Russia's annexation of the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 and allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 United States presidential election.