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Astronauts from aborted Soyuz rocket to fly to ISS next spring

Astronauts from aborted Soyuz rocket to fly to ISS next spring

According to the state news agency RIA Novosti and Russian state television at the launch site, the crew parachuted to Earth in an emergency landing in Kazakhstan.

A Soyuz-FG carrier rocket with a manned Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft blasted off from Kazakhstan's Baikonur Cosmodrome to the International Space Station (ISS) on Thursday, at 11:40 a.m. Moscow time.

During the live television commentary, Dean said, "Confirming again that the today's Soyuz MS10 launch did go into a ballistic re-entry mode a little bit after its launch around 3:47 a.m Central Time (4:47 a.m. EDT/0847 GMT)".

Recalling the moment Bridenstine realized something had gone awry with the launch, he said hearing Hague speak Russian confirmed his fears.

"The boys will certainly fly their mission", Rogozin tweeted, posting a picture in which he sat with the two astronauts aboard a Moscow-bound plane.

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.

A committee has been formed to determine what prevented the booster's separation. Helicopters have already dispatched to look for the Soyuz space capsule, she said. "We need more data".

Roscosmos has launched an inquiry into the accident and all Russian manned launches have been suspended, the report said.

Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques had been scheduled to be on the launch of a Soyuz spacecraft on December 20. Last month, an oxygen leak was found in the International Space Station that Rogozin said was made deliberately.

He watched Thurday's 2-man Soyuz rocket launch to the International Space Station with all of the optimism and anticipation of the countless other successful missions.

Even if the Soyuz spacecraft is cleared for launch before December, Hadfield said, it could end up carrying astronauts from Thursday's launch rather than the next scheduled crew.

"We can both do more in space together than we can do alone", he said, adding his relationship with Russian space agency chief Rogozin was "very solid".

The Russian space industry has suffered a series of problems in recent years, including the loss of a number of satellites and cargo spacecraft. During the live broadcast of the launch, narration from Mission Control suggested that the booster failed to separate from the Soyuz capsule.

Relations between Moscow and Washington have sunk to post-Cold War lows over the crisis in Ukraine, the war in Syria and allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential vote, but they have maintained co-operation in space research.

Mr Bridenstine also praised the two crew members and said, 'It's incredible everyone came home safely.

The Russian Soyuz spacecraft is now the only vehicle for ferrying crews to the International Space Station following the retirement of the US space shuttle fleet.