Russian Aleksey Ovchinin and American Nick Hague made it back to Earth alive this morning after the booster on their Soyuz rocket malfunctioned at 164,000 feet and the rocket automatically turned back during a dramatic 7G 'ballistic re-entry.
In late August, a 2-millimeter hole, which suspiciously looked like it was drilled there, was found to be leaking air from one of the two Soyuz rockets docked at the International Space Station. The Soyuz capsule returned to Earth via a ballistic descent, which is a sharper angle of landing compared to normal.
"Immediately after their arrival in Moscow, the crew had an additional medical examination which confirmed that they are alright", he said.
"An investigative group has been formed and officials are now examining the launch site, documents are being seized", the Investigative Committee said in a statement.
Moscow has suspended all manned space launches, while Rogozin has ordered a state commission to investigate what went wrong.
Though it's hard to make out what's going on in the image, it seems that it was taken just moments after the crew capsule detached from the spacecraft and started heading back toward Earth. Because, that would mean that the current crew overseas the International Space Station would not have to extend their stay.
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Russian news reports indicated that one of the rocket's four first-stage engines might have failed to jettison in sync with others, resulting in the second stage's shutdown.
Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield told Euronews the three people now on the station (Alexander Gerst, Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Sergey Prokopyev) are essentially stuck there until a spaceship can be launched to get them. "The investigation is underway", NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine told reporters. 2018, agency leader Dmitry Rogozin, center, embraces cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin, left, and US astronaut Nick Hague at Star City, Russia, a space training center outside Moscow.
Both are scheduled to return to the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, today; Hague is expected to fly home to Houston next week.
Dmitry Rogozin, the chief of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, promised that both men will be given another chance to reach the space station. "We're thrilled that even though it was a launch failure, all of the safety systems worked".
The Russian space program has suffered several failures in recent years. Russian activities in Ukraine, charges of interfering in the USA presidential election of 2016 and the conflict in Syria are some of the main issues.
Mr Bridenstine also praised the two crew members and said, 'It's unbelievable everyone came home safely.
The Soyuz MS-10 failure could potentially leave the International Space Station (ISS) without crew if the investigation is not completed quickly.