The boosters of the Soyuz rocket carrying ISS astronauts, a Russian and an American, failed in mid-air, forcing the crew members to make an emergency landing. According to the Russian news portals, both astronauts are safe. The disastrous launch took place in Kazakhstan from the Roscosmos, Russia’s space agency, cosmodrome.
According to the preliminary information, some issues at the rocket’s boosters level caused the Soyuz launch to fail just after the start.
NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Roscosmos’s Alexei Ovchinin took off towards the ISS, as scheduled, at 4:40 AM (ET), from the Russia-leased Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, aboard a Soyuz rocket. The wat was thought to be a six-hour journey ended after only a few minutes after launch as one of the spacecraft’s boosters failed in mid-air.
The two astronauts had to make an emergency landing to avoid any risk. Luckily, both NASA’s Nick Hague and Roscosmos’s Alexei Ovchinin returned safely to the Baikonur Cosmodrome.
Soyuz rocket carrying ISS astronauts failed in mid-air, marking a bleak period for Russia’s space agency
While this failure is definitely the apogee of the grim period Roscosmos is living right now, that’s not the first problem Russia’s space agency faced in recent months. Not too long ago, a hole in the Soyuz module docked to the ISS was found by the International Space Station’s crew members after the breach caused an oxygen leak.
After that event, Roscosmos started an investigation and noticed even more issues related to the Soyuz rockets the Russians use to fly astronauts to the ISS.
Now, back on the recent Soyuz rocket fail, after the rocket’s booster failed in mid-air, the astronauts landed near the city of Zhezkazgan in central Kazakhstan. The rescuers reached the location within a few minutes after the Soyuz module touched the ground, according to Interfax and TASS news agencies.
According to NASA, also, the crew members are in good condition.
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