Astronauts make emergency landing after engine failure

Soyuz-FG rocket booster blasts off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome carrying the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft with Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin and NASA astronaut Nick Hague of the ISS Expedition 57/58 prime crew aboard to the International Space Station (IS

A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin said, "Thank God the crew is alive" after they had landed safely.

He rejected suggestions it could harm United States relations, saying they recognised it was a "hi-tech industry linked to risk", but he added: "We certainly won't hide the reasons, it is uncommon for such situations".

NASA and Roscosmos said search-and-rescue teams were in contact with the crew and en route to the landing location. The probe would seek to determine whether safety regulations had been violated during construction, leading to massive damage, the Russian Investigative Committee said in a statement.

Roscosmos said on Thursday that it would suspended all manned flights to the space station pending the investigation, and Krikalyov said on Friday that the orbiting outpost could be switched into an unmanned mode if the investigation takes a while.

Roscosmos and Nasa said the three-stage Soyuz booster suffered an emergency shutdown of its second stage.

He is scheduled to be aboard a December 20 launch to the space station from the Russia-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, in what would be his first trip to the International Space Station. Dzhezkazgan is about 450 kilometres northeast of Baikonur. They will be transported to the Gargarin Cosmonaut Center in Star City, Russia outside Moscow.

It's the first space mission for Hague, who joined NASA's astronaut corps in 2013. The astronauts were exposed to increased g-force during the descent, but were otherwise unharmed. Soyuz crews usually pull about 4Gs during reentry (four times the force of gravity), but a ballistic trajectory can more than double that. The crew bailed out at an altitude of 164,000 feet and landed safely in Kazakhstan.

"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. "What we've got to do is we've got to very dispassionately allow the investigation to go forward without speculation, without rumor, without innuendo, without conspiracy". The crew were able to carry out repairs and return to Earth six days later.

Two spacewalks planned for later this month have been postponed indefinitely, as Mr Hague was supposed to be one of the spacewalkers.

The TASS news agency said that the ISS crew has enough supplies and that the failed launch will not affect operations.

A Canadian astronaut's scheduled trip to the International Space Station is in limbo after the spacecraft he was to use failed and made an emergency landing in Kazakhstan. Last month, the current ISS crew discovered a hole in the vessel that Russian Federation claims was drilled deliberately.

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However, in the meantime, this failure has a number of consequences for the agencies and the crew aboard the space station.

"What we usually do is one group comes up and another group comes down just as part of our regular crew rotation", NASA spokeswoman Kathryn Hambleton said.

Nevertheless, officials in both countries continue to refer to space flight as a rare example of U.S.

The failure is a setback for the Russian space program and the latest in a string of mishaps. He added that Russian Federation will fully share all relevant information with the U.S.

"I'm grateful that everyone is safe", Bridenstine said on Twitter. "We will naturally provide them with all the necessary information about what caused the failure".

Earlier this week, Bridenstine emphasized that collaboration with Russia's Roscosmos remains important. -Russian cooperation in space. That 0.08-inch (2-millimeter) hole in the orbital module of the Soyuz vehicle created a small air leak on the space station that was detected by flight controllers on the ground and ultimately repaired by astronauts and cosmonauts on the space station.

He added that it will take about a week for the crew to fully recover.

This isn't the first time this has happened.

Rescue crews then raced to the scene to retrieve them with reports of paratroopers parachuting to their landing spot.

Glitches found in Russia's Proton and Soyuz rockets in 2016 were traced to manufacturing flaws at the plant in Voronezh.

The crash comes after Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin accused Elon Musk of conspiring with the Pentagon to force other players out of the space industry and suggested that worldwide astronauts had sabotaged the ISS by drilling the hole found in its hull.

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