NASA astronaut describes close call following failed launch

Like a cinder block 7 times your weight on your chest – survivor describes Soyuz crash to RT

"We had to go through the steps that crew has to take and prepare for emergency that the crew is still functioning after landing".

"There is a launch-abort system that protects me continuously from about an hour before the launch until I'm in orbit".

Three Soyuz rocket launches will be conducted before the next manned Soyuz flight, the Roscosmos executive director stated at a press conference in the Yuri A. Gagarin State Scientific Research-and-Testing Cosmonaut Training Center.

Ovchinin and Hague were forced to make an emergency landing after an accident on their rocket minutes after blast-off to the International Space Station, with the rapid deceleration subjecting them to a painful G-force overload.

A view shows the Soyuz capsule transporting US astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin, after it made an emergency landing following a failure of its booster rockets, near the city of Zhezkazgan in central Kazakhstan October 11, 2018. "I didn't expect it to be quite this memorable."He gave all credit to his flight partner, who led the way once they learned of the booster failure and guided them to the successful hard landing in the Kazakh countryside".

The failure "only helped to solidify my appreciation for how robust that system is", said Hague, 43, in an online question-and-answer session with reporters streamed by NASA. Like each one before, the rocket's safety system kept the crew alive. They shook hands and cracked jokes.

The Russian spacecraft has been the only way to send replacement crews to the International Space Station since NASA retired the space shuttle fleet in 2011. "Sometimes you don't get a vote", Hague told the Associated Press.

The first launch of a Russian Soyuz rocket into orbit since a failed launch last week is planned for October 24 to 26 and will carry a military satellite into space, Interfax news agency cited a source in the space industry as saying on Wednesday.



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