Published: Sun, October 14, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

Photos taken after rocket failure prove spaceflight is never routine

Photos taken after rocket failure prove spaceflight is never routine

It was not clear why the two stages had collided, Krikalev said, saying it was possible the rocket had changed trajectory slightly.

Until the investigations are completed, there will be no official information about what caused the rocket's failure to carry the crew to orbit. A state commission has been established to investigate the incident.

A search-and-rescue team has reached the landing site, both crewmembers are in good condition and have left the Soyuz capsule as of 6:10 a.m. EDT, NASA spokesperson Brandi Dean said during live television commentary.

Even the most seemingly routine rocket launch is never all that routine.

Expedition 57 Commander Alexander Gerst of ESA (European Space Agency), NASA Flight Engineer Serena Auñón-Chancellor, and Roscosmos Flight Engineer Sergey Prokopyev-all of whom arrived at the station in June-are continuing to operate the ISS and conduct "important scientific research". "They might need different skills now", he said in a Periscope video.

That could mean another launch before mid-December, when the three-member crew of the space station was scheduled to end their six-month mission.

"He's supremely ready to go, and he'll go as soon as the rocket's ready", Hadfield said. That 0.08-inch (2-millimeter) hole in the orbital module of the Soyuz vehicle created a small air leak on the space station that was detected by flight controllers on the ground and ultimately repaired by astronauts and cosmonauts on the space station. Space is one of the few areas where the U.S. and Russia are still actively collaborating, but recent events are putting into question the Russian space industry's capacity to meet today's rigorous standards.

Meanwhile, Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin is claiming that Ovchinin and Hague will be delivered to the ISS in short order.

"The guys will definitely fly. Everybody is alive", Rogozin wrote.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov told reporters that the Soyuz capsule automatically jettisoned from the booster when it failed 123 seconds after the launch from the Russia-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The accident comes weeks after a hole was discovered in the International Space Station amid talk from the Russian space authorities of deliberate sabotage. Roscosmos sent more than 70 rocket engines back to production lines to replace faulty components, a move that resulted in a yearlong break in Proton launches and badly dented Russia's niche in the global market for commercial satellite launches.

A USA astronaut and his Russian crewmate arrived Friday at the Russian space center for medical checks following a failed launch that led to an emergency landing in the steppes of Kazakhstan.

Other failures have been blamed on corruption within the manufacturing process of the rockets. Russian Federation has launched an investigation and suspended all launches of manned spacecraft until the probe is complete.

The Russian Soyuz spacecraft is now the only vehicle for ferrying crews to the International Space Station following the retirement of the USA space shuttle fleet. "In this case, the protocols in place worked". This Hague's first flight.

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