'The Boys Have Landed': 2 Astronauts' Close Call - Page 2
American Nick Hague and Russian Alexei Ovchinin appear fine after rocket fails
- Staying cool: "We're tightening our seatbelts," Ovchinin can be heard saying in a video before they bail, per AFP. "An accident with the booster, 2 minutes, 45 seconds. That was a quick flight," he says calmly.
- The ISS: The three astronauts aboard the space station were kept informed. "The boys have landed," Mission Control informed them when the pair were found safe. Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency, Serena M. Auñón-Chancellor of NASA, and Sergey Prokopyev of Russia will now likely have to stay aboard the ISS beyond their scheduled departure in December. Why? The Soyuz is the only rocket able to ferry replacement crews, and all manned flights are canceled indefinitely. The ISS crew has plenty of supplies to handle the delay, but missions such as spacewalks will have to be rescheduled, reports Space.com.
- Earlier issue: The rocket failure comes as Russia and the US try to figure out the origin of a small hole found in a Soyuz module attached to the space station in August. The big question is whether it was sabotage (as Russia thinks) or a manufacturing defect. Either way, it's two significant issues with Soyuz in a matter of months, notes Wired.
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