The capsule of the Soyuz mission after its emergency landing in Kazakhstan (Photo: dpa)
Friday, October 12, 2018
Two crew members of a Soyuz rocket survive a crash unscathed. The cause of the accident is still being investigated. The astronauts should be sent back to space in the coming year to the ISS.
The Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin and the US astronaut Nick Hague are expected to start back into space next spring. "We are planning their flight for the coming spring," said Dmitri Rogosin, head of the Russian space agency, on Twitter. "The guys are definitely going to fly," Rogosin explained, releasing a photo of himself and the two smiling spacemen. After the false start of a Soyuz rocket, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov said that human spaceflight would be suspended immediately until the investigation was completed and the cause of the error clarified. Russia supplies the ISS with food and other materials and is the only state to transport crew members to the space station and back to Earth. Meanwhile, search teams found a crashed piece of rubble in the steppe of Kazakhstan. The crash did not hurt anyone, said a representative of the Kazakh civil defense in the capital Astana. The site is located 40 kilometers from the city of Dscheskasgan. The manned capsule with Owtschinin and Hague had landed safely on Thursday near the city. More about the topic They had actually been supposed to fly to the International Space Station ISS. Their rocket developed but shortly after the start of the Baikonur space station problems and disassembled into their individual parts. A commission of the Russian space agency Roskosmos searches for the cause of the first such accident since 1975. Owtschinin and Hague remained unhurt in the emergency landing. They were flown on Friday from Baikonur to Moscow to be examined in the Russian cosmonaut center. Also the unmanned supply transports with the "Soyuz" rocket could be suspended by the end of this year. The currently three-man crew on the ISS have enough provisions. The research effort as a whole is not endangered by the fact that Owtschinin and Hague have not come on board. On the ISS, the construction of which began in 1998, the German Alexander Gerst has been in command since the beginning of the month. He has been in the space station since the beginning of June and is scheduled to stay there until December. His return to earth is now delayed.