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US, Russia space crew aborts mission after booster failure

11 October 2018

US and Russian officials said the crew was heading for an emergency landing in Kazakhstan at an unspecified time.

The Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft blasted off from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan at 4:40 AM EDT.

Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques, a back-up crew member, is part of the crew set for the next scheduled-Russian Soyuz launch in December. NASA said search and rescue crews were en route to the projected landing site, expecting to arrive in about 90 minutes. Several minutes into the flight an issue with the booster forced the crew to make a ballistic descent back to Earth. Search and rescue teams are heading towards the expected touchdown location of the spacecraft and crew'.

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With the failure of this launch, there are far-reaching consequences for the world's human space programs, and for those astronauts and cosmonauts now on board the International Space Station.

Russian and US space officials said that the crew is heading for an emergency landing in Kazakhstan at an unspecified time. It read: "NASA is working closely with Roscosmos to ensure the safe return of the crew".

Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin spokesman, told journalists in Moscow: "Thank God the cosmonauts are alive".

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NASA coordinated a private event at Peabody's Coneburg Inn exclusively for Hague's extended family, sending astronaut Victor Glover to be a personal envoy to the family there.

The head of Russia's Roscosmos space agency, Dmitry Rogozin, said that it was creating a state commission to investigate the cause of the crash, and deputy prime minister Yuri Borisov announced that Russian Federation would be suspending manned flights until the incident could be reviewed. Robotic cargo launches using USA -built resupply ships are also scheduled to deliver more supplies to the station in the next two months. "A state commission has been established to investigate the causes" of the failure, he added. It is not clear at this time if that flight will be delayed as a result of the Soyuz MS-10 failure Thursday.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov, quoted by Interfax, said the problem occurred when the first and second stages of the booster rocket were in the process of separating.

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