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Day after Soyuz rocket failure, Russia says it will try again for ISS mission in the spring

NASA's Nick Hague and Roscosmos' Alexei Ovchinin blasted off to the International Space Station from the Russia-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Thursday, but their Soyuz rocket failed two minutes after the launch, triggering an emergency that sent their capsule into a steep, harrowing fall back to Earth.

Roscosmos pledged to fully share all relevant information with NASA, which pays up to $82 million per Soyuz seat to the space station.

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US, Russian astronauts make dangerous ballistic re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere after rocket fails

NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin made a dramatic escape after their Soyuz booster rocket failed just two minutes after launch Thursday. After blasting into the sky from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the crew was forced to make a dangerous “ballistic re-entry” into Earth’s atmosphere.

Ballistic re-entry uses atmospheric drag to slow the spacecraft and can expose crewmembers to G-forces 10 times great than those on Earth, according to New Scientist.



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