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Crew Rescued After Russian ISS Launch Fails

Crew Rescued After Russian ISS Launch Fails

Having only three people on the station will affect the ability to carry out those experiments, he said.

The Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station at 4:40 a.m. EDT Thursday, October 11 (2:40 p.m.in Baikonur) carrying American astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin. Both are reported to be in "good condition", but the same can not be said for the rocket, which crashed around 40km from the city of Zhezkazgan in the Karaganda Region of Kazakhstan.

Russia, which relies on boosters designed during the Soviet Union, has a reputation for reliability with spacecraft. Russian investigators have also opened a criminal investigation.

A Soyuz capsule is now docked with the ISS, the MS-09.

Had the launch gone smoothly, Ovchinin and Hague would have reached the space station later today.

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"I think that by the middle of next year we'll be flying crews on those rockets", said Bridenstine.

Krikalyov pledged that the Russian space agency will do its best not to leave the orbiting outpost unoccupied.

The TASS news agency said that the ISS crew has enough supplies and that the failed launch will not affect operations. Crew members fired emergency rockets close to the last possible moment, ejecting the crew vehicle to safety. There would be no one on board to monitor and conduct the many scientific experiments now underway on the $US100 billion ($140 billion) outpost.

NASA has been buying seats on Soyuz rockets ever since but next year SpaceX and Boeing should debut their launch systems capable of ferrying astronauts to and fro the ISS.

It was not immediately clear what caused the failure. "We will analyse the causes in detail".

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Thursday's aborted mission is another setback for Russia's space program. As you can see from video of the NASA livestream, early reports indicate that the booster failed minutes after liftoff. "Spaceflight is hard. And we must keep trying for the benefit of humankind", ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted from aboard the space station as he watched and photographed the launch from space.

Speaking in Moscow, Nasa head Jim Bridenstine said he expected a December mission to the International Space Station (ISS) to go ahead as planned.

Rogozin, the Roscosmos chief, has raised wide consternation by saying that an air leak spotted at the International Space Station was a drill hole that was made intentionally during manufacturing or in orbit.

"The guys will definitely fly". That would be autumn in Australia.

He said failsafe systems operated properly by detaching the astronauts' capsule from the rocket and returning them to the ground.

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To say that this situation is upsetting is an understatement. However, the two sides have continued their cooperation in space. The three men are scheduled to return to Earth by the end of 2018, meaning that, if the investigation into the rocket failure and any subsequent changes aren't completed by that point the ISS will be left empty for who knows how long. The men planned to replace the batteries at the USA module.


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