NASA Astronaut Col. Nick Hague on last week's Soyuz rocket failure

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"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".

In this frame from video from NASA TV, NASA astronaut Nick Hague, who survived the Oct. 11, 2018, failed launch and emergency landing, speaks Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, from the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston.

In an interview with state Rossiya-24 television, Ovchinin said that "the direction of this (G-force) overload during the descent was from the chest to the back, so imagine that somebody put a big concrete block on your chest that is seven times your weight".

Ovchinin, who unlike Hague had previous experience in space, took command during the emergency landing and quipped during the landing that they had a particularly "short flight". Because of a problem during ascent, the spacecraft separated from the boosters and made an emergency landing.

Ovchinin and Hague safely returned to Earth in a jettisoned escape capsule. Rescuers picked them up after they landed a few hundred miles to the north of Baikonur and they were reported to be in good shape.

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A minor air spill was recognized on August 30 on the Soyuz MS-09 spaceship that is docked to the ISS.

Hague, 43, said he's dealt with in-flight emergencies during his Air Force career, but nothing like this. The ride back to earth must have been uncomfortable for the two crew members as they experienced great accelerations and decelerations.

NASA's Hague has already flown back to the United States following the landing, after undergoing a medical check and being questioned about the accident.

The incident became the first failure of a manned space launch in modern Russian history. The Russian space program has faced many malfunctions since 2010. The space station, meanwhile, is managing for now with a crew of three.

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