American and Russian astronaut rescued after emergency landing following rocket booster malfunction

Cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin and NASA astronaut Nick Hague at the pre-launch ceremony in Kazakhstan

American astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin survived a harrowing emergency landing, following the failure of the Soyuz rocket booster carrying them to space, but what does this mean for the International Space Station?

In English, Gerst says, "I'm glad our friends are doing well". But the incident highlights recent tensions that have surfaced in a long-running collaboration in space between the U.S. and Russian Federation.

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.

Kenny Todd, space station manager at NASA, said that the existing crew can stay on ISS till January and, if Russian Federation doesn't resume the Soyuz launches by that time, the flight controllers can operate the station without anyone onboard. The Russian space agency also sent 70 rocket engines back to production lines in 2016 to replace broken parts. The resulting air pressure leak has since been repaired. NASA also said in a statement that "NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and the NASA team are monitoring the situation carefully", and that a "thorough investigation" will be conducted.

Mr Bridenstine also praised the two crew members and said, 'It's awesome everyone came home safely. "What we've got to do is we've got to very dispassionately allow the investigation to go forward without speculation, without rumor, without innuendo, without conspiracy".

US astronaut Nick Hague thanked Russian rescue teams Friday for quickly reaching him and his Russian crewmate after an aborted launch that led to their emergency landing in the barren steppes of Kazakhstan. Supplies are not an issue, as capsules capable of carrying cargo are aplenty.

After an aborted launch on Thursday, Rogozin promised that Hague and Ovchinin will be given another chance soon to work on the International Space Station.

Search and rescue teams were heading to the area to recover the crew.

The launch failure follows close on the heels of another Soyuz issue, in which a hole was discovered August 29 on the MS-09 spacecraft that delivered the most recent crew to the space station.

This week's mishap marked the fourth time in the Soyuz program history that the ballistic mode of re-entry has occurred.

The rescue capsule automatically jettisoned from the booster and went into a ballistic descent, landing at a sharper than normal angle and subjecting the crew to heavy gravitational force.

Hague and Ovchinin were immediately transported via helicopter to a nearby city and then transferred to a plane to fly back to Baikonur, where their families were waiting.

According to the state news agency RIA Novosti and Russian state television at the launch site, the crew parachuted to Earth in an emergency landing in Kazakhstan. The safety system worked flawlessly, and both men made it home safe without sustaining injuries.

"It is impossible to draw any conclusions now", said President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov. Shortly after the capsule took off, the space agency reported a problem after the first separation.

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