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Soyuz MS-10 Fails to Reach Orbit, Crew Safe

11 Oct 2018, 21:38 UTC
Soyuz MS-10 Fails to Reach Orbit, Crew Safe
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For the first time in International Space Station history, a crew has failed to reach orbit after lifting off. It appears that the MS-10 spacecraft’s steering rockets were used by the crew to conduct a ballistic abort.Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin and NASA astronaut Nick Hague lifted off atop a Soyuz-FG rocket at 2:40 p.m. local time (4:40 a.m. EDT / 8:40 GMT) Oct. 11, 2018. Around the time of the separation of the four strap-on boosters—about 2 minutes into the flight—was when the issue occurred. In the NASA TV live stream, the two appeared to be jerked before the internal spacecraft video feed cut off.That crew were unable to use the spacecraft’s abort system as it had been jettisoned seconds earlier. Instead it appears steering thrusters on the Soyuz spacecraft were used to bring the crew safely back to Earth. This placed the capsule onto a ballistic trajectory, resulting in high gravity loads on the crew during its re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere. Their g-force was reportedly 6 or 7 times that of Earth’s gravity.Search and recovery teams reached Ovchinin and Hague about 90 minutes after they had launched. The pair ended up landing about 12 miles (20 kilometers) east of ...

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