American and Russian astronaut rescued after emergency landing following rocket booster malfunction

American and Russian astronaut rescued after emergency landing following rocket booster malfunction

American and Russian astronaut rescued after emergency landing following rocket booster malfunction

Russia is now under pressure to prove its space program is safe and received a boost on Friday when NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said he had full confidence in Russian-made Soyuz rockets and expected USA astronauts to fly on them again. But the incident highlights recent tensions that have surfaced in a long-running collaboration in space between the USA and Russian Federation.

Ovchinin and U.S. astronaut Nick Hague had blasted off on a Soyuz rocket to the International Space Station from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

NASA said it was dusting off plans which would allow it to operate the space station without a crew.

Relations between Moscow and Washington have sunk to post-Cold War lows over conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, and allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential vote, but they have kept cooperating in space.

Speaking with reporters in Moscow before Thursday's launch, Bridenstine said that Russian-American cooperation in space remained strong, amid an investigation into the cause of the leak.

"The station could fly in an unmanned mode, but will do all we can to avoid it", he said. "Spaceflight is hard. And we must keep trying for the benefit of humankind". Russian space agency Roscosmos has released photographs of both astronauts being checked over after their abrupt landing. "We will try to speed up the launch of the next crew as much as possible, but certainly we will be trying to minimize the irregularities which caused the emergency".

It's been a rough few months for space travel, as today's failure follows another recent incident aboard the International Space Station.

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"Teams have been in contact with the crew".

An Orthodox priest who blessed the Russian Soyuz rocket before lift-off has become the main source of mockery on social media after the launch ended in an emergency landing.

NASA confirmed the crew had landed safely back on earth at 8.23pm (AEST). Once NASA is free to work with other partners, the collaboration between the USA and Russian space programs will likely be significantly renegotiated.

The rescue capsule automatically jettisoned from the booster before going into descent, landing at a sharper than normal angle and subjecting the crew to heavy gravitational force.

The pair were recovered from the capsule "in good condition", according to NASA. Paratroopers parachuted to the rescue site, TASS news agency reported. They then started the process of flying back to Baikonur.

Thursday's mission was supposed to transport a Russian Cosmonaut and American Astronaut to relieve members who are already aboard the International Space Station. That trio arrived in June.

Footage showed the men being violently shaken, their arms and legs flailing, during the catastrophic secondary booster failure. "And we must keep trying for the benefit of humankind". It read: "NASA is working closely with Roscosmos to ensure the safe return of the crew".

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