Russia suspends manned space launches after Soyuz accident

World 10/11/2018, 1:26 PM
Russia suspends manned space launches after Soyuz accident

Russia will suspend manned space missions following the incident during the launch of the Soyuz MS-10 earlier in the day, the country's Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov said on Thursday. Borisov added Moscow plans to disclose all the details about the accident involving the Soyuz rocket with Russia Alexey Ovchinin and American Nick Hague on board and expressed hope the United States will be "understanding."

The Soyuz MS-10 was forced to make an emergency landing after experiencing a booster system issue, but the crew landed safely without sustaining any injuries. According to the Russian deputy prime minister, the accident is believed to have occurred during the first and second stage separation.

Ovchinin and Hague were supposed to join Expedition 57 which started in June when German Alexander Gerst, NASA's Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Russian Sergey Prokopyev arrived at the International Space Station (ISS). As a result of today's accident, the Expedition 57 will now remain in its current lineup at least until December when Ovchinin and Hague's backups could head to the ISS, Interfax reported citing sources close to the matter.

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