In the wake of a booster failure that forced a Russian Soyuz spacecraft to make an emergency landing last week, astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) were anxious whether their space launch would be cancelled.
A Russian cosmonaut and a US astronaut survived an aborted liftoff after a Soyuz rocket bound for the ISS failed in mid-air two minutes after the launch in Kazakhstan, leading to a dramatic emergency landing.
The spacecraft was on its way to the International Space Station when the emergency lights flashed in the cabin just minutes into the flight.
Hague said he first noticed "being shaken fairly violently side to side as that safety system pulled us away from the rocket".
"We had to go through the steps that crew has to take and prepare for emergency landing.so that the crew is still functioning after landing".
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A Russian cosmonaut and a US astronaut survived an aborted liftoff after a Soyuz rocket bound for the ISS failed in mid-air two minutes after the launch in Kazakhstan, leading to a dramatic emergency landing. Rescuers picked them up after they landed a few hundred miles to the north of Baikonur and they were reported to be in good shape. They shook hands and cracked jokes.
Once Hague was back on earth, he was plagued by one last technological failure - in the form of voicemail.The 43-year-old Air Force veteran used a satellite phone to call his wife, but she didn't pick up."It went to voicemail so now she's got a voicemail she can keep as a memento for the rest of her life", he laughed. His youngest wanted to know when he was going back to space. He says he'd rather be in orbit, getting ready for a spacewalk, but is grateful to be alive.
Russia is planning its next manned mission to the International Space Station (ISS) in early December after a launch failure earlier this month, according to Sergei Krikalyov, executive director of the Russian state space corporation Roscosmos. The space station, meanwhile, is managing for now with a crew of three.
The incident became the first failure of a manned space launch in modern Russian history.