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Cosmonaut Describes Aborted Soyuz Launch

Cosmonaut Describes Aborted Soyuz Launch”

Russian Federation has temporarily suspended all manned space launches after two astronauts made a dramatic emergency landing in Kazakhstan on Thursday due to the failure of the Soyuz rocket carrying them to the orbital ISS.

"They are constantly trying to build a flawless spacecraft, but it can't be ideal all the time, so we have contingencies in place and we have other fail-safe systems", he said.

Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin says the force he felt during a Soyuz emergency landing last week was like having a concrete block on his chest. Ovchinin could be heard saying: "That was a quick flight".

When pressed for a window into his mind and what he was thinking in the moments following the rocket failure, Hague credits his training for keeping him focused on what needed to be done to make it back to land in one piece.

The Soyuz-FG launch vehicle carrying the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft blasted off from Baikonur on October 11.

A preliminary study indicates that one of the rocket's 4 strap-on booster elements failed to properly separate and hit the remaining portion of the main booster.

Mr Hague communicated in Russian throughout the more than half-hour ordeal.

The failure "only helped to solidify my appreciation for how robust that system is", said Hague, 43, in an online question-and-answer session with reporters streamed by NASA.

Air Force Colonel Nick Hague on Tuesday publicly described his close call.

This means that while they will be able to return to Earth, if they do so there will be no crew aboard the station until another crew can be launched. His youngest wanted to know when he was going back to space. "What we are doing up there at the space station, what we are doing for human exploration, it's for the benefit of all, and it's important that we continue".

Last week's Soyuz rocket failure was the first such rocket failure incident in Russia's recent history, and there is now no definitive information regarding the cause of the incident.



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