Booster failure on Soyuz rocket forces U.S., Russian space crew to make forced landing
Search teams reported American Nick Hague and Russian Alexey Ovchinin are in good condition after making a ballistic descent, which has ‘a sharper angle of landing compared to normal,’ NASA said
(Bloomberg) — A booster failure during a Soyuz rocket launch forced the two crew members to abort their mission to the International Space Station and return to Earth in the first such emergency landing for the Russian-built spacecraft since 1975.
American Nick Hague and Russian Alexey Ovchinin landed safely after an “anomaly with the booster” prompted the ascent to be aborted, NASA head Jim Bridenstine said in a statement. The mission would have been Hague’s first space flight. Search and rescue teams reported the men are in good condition after making a ballistic descent, which has “a sharper angle of landing compared to normal,” NASA said on Twitter.