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Soyuz rocket carrying astronauts forced into emergency landing after malfunction
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14 October, 2018

The emergency landing could become one of the biggest payouts for Russian insurance firm Soglasie in decades if it turns out to be an insurance case, Soglasie was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency.

The Soyuz-FG rocket, with the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft atop, lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 2:40 p.m. local time (4:40 a.m. EDT / 8:40 GMT) on October 11.

"Confirming again that the today's Soyuz MS10 launch did go into a ballistic re-entry mode a little bit after its launch", Dean said during live television commentary.

Russian controllers told the space station astronauts that NASA's Nick Hague, of Hoxie, Kansas, and Roscosmos' Alexei Ovchinin endured 6.7 times the force of gravity during their steeper than usual entry.

The two crewmen arrived in Moscow Friday to undergo a routine medical exam. Officials from Russia's space agency - Roscosmos - explained this is just a matter of procedure and said both men are absolutely healthy after the ordeal.

Saint-Jacques said in September that an air leak at the International Space Station was like a wake-up call to remind astronauts that all the training they go through is useful. Shortly after launch, there was an anomaly with the booster and the launch ascent was aborted, resulting in a ballistic landing of the spacecraft.

He said a panel of experts is looking into the specific reason that prevented the booster's separation.

The Chief of Roscosmos, Dmitri Rogozin, said in a tweeted statement that "a state commission" had been formed to investigate the cause of the malfunction. "We need more data".

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Veteran cosmonaut Krikalyov said that "in theory" the ISS could remain unmanned but added Russian Federation would do "everything possible not to let this happen".

Roscosmos had earlier chose to temporarily ground its Soyuz rocket launches until experts can properly assess the situation.

NASA said the incident was the first time a crew has failed to reach orbit after liftoff.

While the Russian program has been dogged by a string of problems with unmanned launches in recent years, Thursday was the first manned failure since September 1983, when a Soyuz exploded on the launch pad. The pair were due to join the three-person Expedition 57 crew already aboard the International Space Station.

Bridenstine and the NASA team are monitoring the situation carefully, the space agency said, adding that NASA is working closely with Roscosmos.

"That relationship is strong, and whatever happens terrestrially, we've always been able to keep space exploration and discovery and science separate from whatever terrestrial disputes there may be", he said.

There was no immediate word on whether the current space station crew of an American, a Russian and a German might need to extend its own six-month mission.


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