He didn't say if he suspected any of the current crew - an American, a Russian and a German aboard the station.
It's exceptionally hard to believe Roscosmos could rush through an incident investigation before the scheduled December 20th launch of Soyuz MS-11, even if the fault is found to be operational and not with the rocket itself.
We can talk all we want about the future of space travel in light of the failure, but at the end of the day, this is a human story about two people who came way too close to dying in space Thursday. It was Hague's first rocket launch.
Two spacewalks planned for later this month were off indefinitely. They will be transported to the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia outside of Moscow.
Soon afterwards both space agencies were reporting the astronauts were in good health. They were due to return to Earth in December.
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The US space agency hasn't been wild about using the Russians as a delivery service for years, and so it was with some relief that Uncle Sam's boffins announced contracts with Boeing and SpaceX for commercial crew delivery.
1971: The three-men crew aboard Soyuz 11 suffocated as the result of an air leak after undocking from the Salyut 1 space station.
A few hours later, Roscosmos released a photo of Hague and Ovchinin safe and sound at a Kazakhstan airport where they were getting a medical checkup after the ordeal. American Nick Hague and Russian Alexei Ovchinin were uninjured, Russian government officials said. He added that a "thorough investigation into the cause of the incident will be conducted".
A Reuters reporter who observed the launch from around one kilometre away said it had gone smoothly in its initial stages and that the failure of the booster rockets must have occurred at higher altitude.
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He said all manned launches will be suspended pending an investigation into the cause of the failure. He added that Russian Federation will fully share all relevant information with the U.S.
A USA and Russian astronaut were forced to make an emergency landing shortly after the mission got underway, with their Soyuz MS-10 suffered significant engine failures.
A transport plane dropped a team of paratroopers to the site to make first contact with the crew, while helicopters were dispatched to pick up the astronauts.
Russian and USA space officials said that the crew is heading for an emergency landing in Kazakhstan at an unspecified time. Search and rescue crews are getting ready to reach the expected landing site. Officials are also investigating the unusual hole recently found in a Soyuz spacecraft aboard the International Space Station. When Soyuz 33 suffered an engine failure before docking with the orbiting outpost, it not only deprived the Salyut 6 crew of additional members, but called into question the reliability of their own identical spacecraft.More news: Crew Rescued After Russian ISS Launch Fails
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