NASA astronaut describes close call following failed launch

Russia may resume manned space flights on November 28: Interfax

Because of a problem during ascent, the spacecraft separated from the boosters and made an emergency landing.

Anyway, Hague goes on to explain how the rocket's automated abort mechanism yanked the crew capsule away from the rocket once the failure was detected. "And at any moment in there that we could have a failure, it's going to protect me", he said, describing the aborted launch as "just a great example of those fail-safe systems stepping in and doing the job". "My career in the Air Force has done a lot to help me prepare for stressful situations like this, whether it's through deployments or my time in flight test where we have had to deal with failures in aircraft that you're in and having to get down on the ground immediately", he said. As a result of this malfunction, Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin and NASA astronaut Nick Hague had to descend to the ground, interrupting their trip to the International Space Station.

According to an announcement made by Roscosmos, it appears that the source of the urgent abort was a crash of elements in the time of the separation of the Soyuz-FG rocket's first phase. "We train endlessly to address those types of situations". After the successful deployment of its parachute, the rescue capsule landed safely in the steppes of Kazakhstan about 30 minutes after the rocket failure. After their medical check-up in the town of Baikonur, the astronauts were transported to Moscow.

Normal Soyuz returns have G-forces of about five.

"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. Fortunately, the members of the crew were fast recovered and they are in good shape.

"All of my instincts and reflexes inside the capsule are to speak Russian", said Hague, who had two years of training in Russia. But while Hague had been through simulations of all sorts of midflight events, he had never flown to space before, which meant he wasn't always sure whether an experience was typical of spaceflight or unique to their abrupt journey. "Alexei and I, as a crew, we have experienced this together and that's only going to make us a stronger crew in the future".

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