A few minutes after launch Roscosmos informed NASA that there had been an issue with the Soyuz booster.
In 2003, when Expedition 6 crew members Ken Bowersox and Don Pettit and their cosmonaut counterpart Nikolai Budarin returned from a five-month stay aboard the ISS, their automated controls failed, forcing the re-entry in ballistic mode. But the incident highlights recent tensions that have surfaced in a long-running collaboration in space between the USA and Russian Federation. "It starts slowly spinning ... and then the parachute comes out and they land".
Hague was born in the same year the U.S. and the Soviet Union launched their first joint space mission, the Apollo-Soyuz, or Soyuz-Apollo mission in 1975.
The pair landed about 20 kilometers (12 miles) east of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan. The crew has now touched down in Kazakhstan, where they are being attended by search and rescue personnel. According to Space.com, helicopters have been dispactched to look for the capsule.
NASA officials now must decide how or whether to maintain a U.S. presence on the $100 billion orbital research laboratory as Roscosmos investigates the cause of the rocket's malfunction.
"The investigation is underway", NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine told reporters. China has a human space flight capability, but it has no crew missions planned before 2020, and NASA is barred by Congress from working with the Chinese Space Agency.
Two astronauts from the US and Russia were safe after an emergency landing Thursday in the steppes of Kazakhstan following the failure of a Russian booster rocket carrying them to the International Space Station.
In August, the International Space Station crew spotted a hole in a Russian Soyuz capsule docked to the orbiting outpost that caused a brief loss of air pressure before being patched. An investigation into that anomaly and how the hole was formed is also underway. The derivative has been transporting crews to the space station since coming into service in 2001, conducting 55 successful flights in 17 years. The Soyuz was scheduled to fly a shortened, six-hour flight trajectory that would have orbited the Earth four times before reaching the International Space Station.
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