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.
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.
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So far, Galway has escaped the brunt of Storm Callum - with no reported power outages or major obstructions on the road network. Storm Callum bringing periods of heavy rain during Friday and continuing into Saturday - particularly over south facing hills.
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The first lady also stopped at a site where ivory burns take place - a conservationist effort meant to discourage the ivory trade. Egypt marked her final stop on her tour of the continent which focuses on child welfare, education, tourism and conservation.
Pompeo to head to Pyongyang for weekend talks with North Korean leader
In response, North Korea stated that declaring the end of the 1950-1953 Korean War "can never be a bargaining chip". While speaking at a rally in Wheeling, West Virginia, over the weekend, Trump said that he and Kim "fell in love".
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.