Survivors of failed rocket launch in good health
A US astronaut and his Russian crewmate arrived at the Russian space centre yesterday for medical checks following a failed launch that led to an emergency landing in the steppes of Kazakhstan.
Nasa’s Nick Hague and Ros cosmos’ alexeiovch in in blasted off to the International Space Station from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Thursday, but their Soyuz rocket failed two minutes after the launch.
It sent their capsule into a harrowing fall back to Earth. US and Russian space officials said the astronauts were in good condition after enduring gravitational force that was six to seven times more than is felt on Earth.
Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin promised Mr Hague and Mr Ovchinin would be given a chance soon to perform a stint on the orbiting outpost.
The astronauts will spend a couple of days at Star City, Russia’s main space training centre outside Moscow, undergoing routine medical checks.