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Astronauts Escape Soyuz Rocket After Major Malfunction On Way To ISS

2018-10-11 10:29
A rocket carrying two astronauts on their way to the International Space Station suffered a booster malfunction, forcing them to abort the flight and return to Earth in a "ballistic re-entry mode." The Russian Soyuz capsule suffered a booster malfunction shortly after launch in Kazakhstan, according to a NASA commentator Brandi Dean at NASA mission control at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. Russian Cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin and US astronaut Nick Hague of NASA were on board, but their lives are not in danger, according to the NASA live video feed. Dean reported that "there has been an issue with the booster and we are standing by for information as we continue to get it from the Russian flight control team. But everything seems to be fine with the crew, we had good comm with them and they are OK." "Today the Soyuz MS-10 launch did go into a ballistic re-entry mode a little after 3:47 a.m. Central time," Dean reported. "That means the crew will not be going to the International Space Station today. Instead, they will be taking a sharp land coming back to Earth. Search and rescue crews are always pre-staged in the event that something like this does happen."