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Russia Launches Investigation Into Rocket Malfunction

Moscow (October 12, 2018): Russia has launched an investigation into a major malfunction that led to astronauts undergoing a crash landing.

According to the details, Russian officials are investigating the cause of a booster problem that forced a Soyuz rocket capsule to make an emergency landing just after launch.The two crew members, Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin and American astronaut Nick Hague, are in good health, officials say.

They were heading for a six-month mission on the International Space Station when their flight was aborted. Their capsule separated and landed 400km (250 miles) from the launch site.The launch appeared to be going smoothly, but some 90 seconds into the flight, the US space agency NASA reported a problem with the booster rocket between the first and second stages separating.

After around 114 seconds of flight, the emergency escape system sprang into action, separating the crew capsule from the rocket.

The capsule then began what NASA termed a “ballistic descent”, subjecting the crew to greater G-force – the force imposed on a body by rapid acceleration or deceleration – than during a normal landing.NASA said the capsule, which later deployed parachutes, took 34 minutes to reach the ground on the Kazakhstan steppe, hundreds of kilometres north-east of the Baikanour cosmodrome launch site.

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