Soyuz Rocket Failure Caused by Collision Between First and Second Stages

Soyuz Rocket Failure Caused by Collision Between First and Second Stages

Soyuz Rocket Failure Caused by Collision Between First and Second Stages

The Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft carrying the crew of astronaut Nick Hague of the US and cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin of Russian Federation blasts off to the International Space Station (ISS) from the launchpad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan October 11, 2018. 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.

The incident became the first failure of a manned space launch in modern Russian history.

"All of my instincts and reflexes inside the capsule are to speak Russian", said Hague, who had two years of training in Russia.

The container of the Russian Soyuz MS-10 shuttle with Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin and USA space explorer Nick Hague on board made a crisis arrival in Kazakhstan Thursday after the transporter rocket failed soon after lift-off.

Russian space agency Roscosmos said the launch went wrong after one of the rocket's four boosters failed to jettison.

"I just remember it being this very poignant realization that 'Wow, we just had a failure of the booster!'" Hague said. "There's a whole series of events that we monitor as we are on our way back down", Hague said.

They landed on the smooth, flat terrain of Kazakhstan. I shake his hand. "In a handful of minutes, somebody was tapping on the window next to me, giving me the OK symbol, and I was answering back with a big smile, and then they had the hatch open", Hague said on Wednesday, as broadcast by NASA.

Hague, 43, said he's dealt with in-flight emergencies during his Air Force career, but nothing like this.

He's grateful the emergency system worked despite the fact it hadn't been called into action for decades.

Hague said he has no clue as to when he'll get a second shot, but is ready as soon as he gets the go-ahead. The space station, meanwhile, is managing for now with a crew of three. "You just try to celebrate the little gifts that you get, like walking the boys to school this morning".

According to Roscosmos executive director for manned flights Sergei Krikalyov, cited by Russian news agency TASS, problems began when the first stage of the rocket impacted the second one during separation.

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