NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Roscosmos' Alexei Ovchinin blasted off as scheduled to the International Space Station Thursday, but their Soyuz booster failed two minutes after the launch and the rescue capsule landed safely in the steppes of Kazakhstan.
Russian space agency Roscomos also stated it is investigating the malfunction and will collaborate with NASA in the most transparent manner to get the bottom of things. Both men escaped unscathed and feel fine, Roscosmos and NASA have said.
Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Russian space agency Roscosmos, tweeted shortly after the incident that a commission of inquiry had already begun work on figuring out the cause, by studying telemetry data from the craft. They were to join three of their colleagues at the International Space Station and to deliver supplies to the orbiting outpost.
Yesterday's problem occurred when the first and second stages of a booster rocket, launched from the Soviet-era cosmodrome of Baikonur in the central Asian country, were separating, triggering emergency systems soon after launch.
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"NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and the NASA team are monitoring the situation carefully", the statement continued.
Even though the two astronauts experienced a G-force 6-7 times more than we feel on Earth as the capsule fell back to Earth, they were in good condition. They will be transported to the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia outside of Moscow.
The US and Russian astronaut who were forced to make an emergency landing after a rocket failure will attempt to launch again next spring.
Two astronauts have arrived at the Russian space centre for medical checks following a failed launch that led to an emergency landing in Kazakhstan. Despite its age, the Soyuz platform has been an extremely reliable mode of transportation to space. There is no indication the launch failure and the mystery hole in the last Soyuz launched are connected. Russian activities in Ukraine, charges of interfering in the USA presidential election of 2016 and the conflict in Syria are some of the main issues.
Bridenstine also took the opportunity to reaffirm NASA's faith in the rocket, and Roscosmos, stating that the next mission planned for December, should take place on schedule.
The Russian Soyuz spacecraft is now the only vehicle for ferrying crews to the International Space Station following the retirement of the USA space shuttle fleet.