Soyuz spacecraft launch fails, astronauts set for emergency landing

NASA is reporting that there has been an “issue with the booster” on the Soyuz craft that’s currently taking astronauts Nick Hague of NASA and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin to the International Space Station (ISS). Details are sparse at the moment, but it appears that the capsule is making a “ballistic descent,” descending at a high rate of speed, and will soon attempt an emergency landing. Crews are reportedly underway to the designated landing site, with an ETA of about an hour.

Update 10/11/2018 5:16 AM ET: According to Reuters news editor Gerry Doyle, the capsule was sited under parachute in Kazhakstan. Shortly afterwards, it touched down, and the crew is reportedly fine and has made radio contact. “I just rode a malfunctioning booster for a few minutes and had to abort,” one of the astronauts reportedly said.

Update 10/11/2018 5:25 AM ET: NASA has affirmed that astronaut Nick Hague of NASA and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin are in contact with rescue crews, and that they’re in good condition, though no doubt a little shook up.


Source: NASA

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