He said all manned launches will be suspended pending an investigation into the cause of the failure. The spacecraft has been the sole means of bringing humans to the space station since the end of the U.S. Space Shuttle program, but commercial providers aiming for manned spaceflight are increasingly nipping at Russia's heels.
The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz MS-10 space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018.
Search and rescue teams were deployed to the landing site.
By early Thursday afternoon, Ovchinin and Hague were on helicopters, making their way back to Baikonur, NASA said. They are to be flown to the Baikonur cosmodrome and then on to Star City space training center outside Moscow. But the landing engines and parachute system are said to have done their job as normal, getting them back alive to Earth. NASA tentatively plans to send its first crew to the ISS using a SpaceX craft instead of a Soyuz next April. "A thorough investigation into the cause of the incident will be conducted", Bridenstine said in a statement. Roscosmos, the Russian firm that operates the nation's space agency and is responsible for Soyuz launches, will not hold any news conferences today.
A USA astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut are alive after a failure during a mission to the International Space Station.
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The debris was a problem in many coastal communities and still hundreds of thousands of people were also left without power. Benson also posted a clip of the storm's winds picking up a portable toilet and sending it flying across a parking lot.
Even if the Soyuz spacecraft is cleared for launch before December, Hadfield said, it could end up carrying astronauts from Thursday's launch rather than the next scheduled crew.
NASA said that rescue teams have reached Hague and Ovchinin and they've been taken out of the capsule and were in good condition.
The space agency tweeted: "There's been an issue with the booster from today's launch".
Russian and US space officials said that the crew is heading for an emergency landing in Kazakhstan at an unspecified time. "Search and rescue crews are always pre-staged in the event something like this does happen", Dean added.
Hague was born in the same year the USA and the Soviet Union launched their first joint space mission, the Apollo-Soyuz, or Soyuz-Apollo mission in 1975.
At this moment, there are no Soyuz spacecraft berthed at the orbiting science station. The first crewed flights would not take place until several months after that, unless the space agency is willing to take additional risks with those missions.