The rocket "Soyuz" after the start of the emergency shut off the engine

Today at 11:40 (hereinafter referred to Moscow time) from the Baikonur "cosmodrome" the launch of "Soyuz-MS-10" with the carrier rocket "Soyuz-FG". The ship was heading to the International Space Station, and the team consisted of 2 people - Russian Alexey Ovchinin and American Nick Haig. According to the available information, third-stage separation and removal spacecraft into orbit must have occurred at 11:49, and after 6 hours of 17:49 was scheduled docking with the ISS. But almost immediately after the launch, something went wrong.

The rocket

For the launch of the "Union of MS-10" from Baikonur observed the head of Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, and the head of the NASA Jim Braydenstayn. In the second minute after starting outage occurs engines second stage. According to an anonymous source at Baikonur edition of the "Interfax",

"The accident occurred at the 119-th second compartment at the first stage of lateral blocks of the central block of the second stage. Then load the distress beacon, the ship is divided into compartments and released the parachute. The crew is alive and emergency landing in Kazakhstan. "

Next events unfolded just as quickly. For lander we observed from the ground and were able to calculate the expected landing site. Fortunately, communication with the astronauts survived, and no one was hurt in the accident. But still it had to safely land the escape pod. "Roskosmos" and NASA organized a live video launch. In the first accident in the frame does not hit, but our American colleagues captured as the start time of the rocket, and the event itself. At the time of writing news NASA broadcast continues.

The rocket

But back to the escape pod. She landed somewhere in the 20-25 km from the town of Zhezkazgan, which is about 500 kilometers from Karaganda. According to still about working link astronauts reported that they were alive and waiting for the arrival of the rescue team, which is already heading for the landing site. After a couple of tens of minutes, rescuers reached the landing place of the capsule. At the moment, it is known that the lives of astronauts in no danger.

It is also worth mentioning that for Alexei Ovchinin it was supposed to be the second flight. The first took place on March 19, 2016 and amounted to 172 days 3:00 47 minutes 15 seconds. But his colleague Nick Haig had to get on the ISS for the first time.

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