Russian Federation has temporarily suspended all manned space launches after two astronauts made a dramatic emergency landing in Kazakhstan on Thursday due to the failure of the Soyuz rocket carrying them to the orbital ISS.
On October 11, Hague and Ovchinin were scheduled to join the International Space Station's crew, but their mission was aborted due to a malfunction in the booster of the Soyuz MS-10 rocket.
"I have to give kudos to my commander, Alexey Ovchinin". He is a seasoned, veteran cosmonaut. "As we were going through all of this, he was able to tell me what's normal, what's not normal".
"The automated system pulled us away from the rocket so fast, and so the first thing I've really noticed was being shaken fairly violently side to side", he continued.
Their capsule separating from the troubled booster was the source of that shaking, and it was accompanied by an emergency light and alarm. "We had to carry out various actions that have to be done by the crew to prepare for an emergency landing", he said. "My eyes were looking out the window trying to gauge exactly where we were going to be", Hague said.
They landed on the smooth, flat terrain of Kazakhstan.
He said that despite the hard circumstances, he and his Russian counterpart did not lose the sense of humor after the landing.
"The next flight was originally planned in December, but we will now try to make it a little bit earlier.in early December", Krikalyov said in a video interview with the RT TV channel.
Mr Hague said he and his crewmate grinned at touchdown, shook hands and then joked about their short flight.
The Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft carrying the crew of astronaut Nick Hague of the US and cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin of Russian Federation blasts off to the International Space Station (ISS) from the launchpad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan October 11, 2018. Based on some new information that was revealed by Roscosmos, it looks like one of the four strap-on boosters didn't successfully separate and it may have in fact hit the core stage of the rocket. Recovery teams have also recovered debris from every stage of the Soyuz rocket from the remote Kazakh steppes around Baikonur Cosmodrome so that they can be studied in more detail.