Astronauts survive emergency landing after booster fails on Russian rocket

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"Shortly after launch, there was an anomaly with the booster and the launch ascent was aborted", NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a statement.

"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.

In August, however, the detection of a minute pressure leak on the International Space Station became the subject of intense media speculation in Russian Federation. The hole cause a small oxygen leak while hooked up to the ISS.

Russian rockets are the only way to reach the orbiting laboratory, but Bridenstine said the rocket failure - Russia's first such incident in the post-Soviet era - had not tarnished his view of the venerable Soyuz rockets.

"To keep space separate from the political environment has been our tradition and we want to keep that", said Bridenstine. "But we have to keep going, for the sake of mankind".

US astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin parachuted to the ground safely in their capsule after a booster on the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft failed, NASA and Russia's space agency said. Supplies are not an issue, as capsules capable of carrying cargo are aplenty. "Search and rescue teams are heading towards the expected touchdown location of the spacecraft and crew".

The rescue and search service demonstrated exemplary work after the crash of the Soyuz-FG rocket when they found the Soyuz MS-10 crew in Kazakhstan's steppe and transported them to the Baikonur spaceport in record three hours' time, a source said.

"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. Teams are working to obtain additional information from our Russian partners. "The Soyuz capsule landed east of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan carrying two crew members".

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.

"It is impossible to draw any conclusions now", said President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

Since NASA retired its space shuttle in 2011, the Russian Soyuz has been the only space vehicle capable of sending astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS).

Russian technicians are conducting an investigation into the rocket failure. They arrived at the station in June. Video footage from the launch at the Baikonur Cosmodrome shows a large plume of smoke coming from the rocket at the moment it failed and footage from inside the capsule shows the two astronauts being violently shaken about.

"Spaceflight is hard. And we must keep trying for the benefit of humankind."

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