Published: Wed, October 17, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

No Time to Be Nervous: Russian Cosmonaut Shrugs Off Emergency Landing

No Time to Be Nervous: Russian Cosmonaut Shrugs Off Emergency Landing

Launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the mission was supposed to take the two men to the International Space Station (ISS). In this frame from video from NASA TV, NASA astronaut Nick Hague, who survived the Oct. 11, 2018, failed launch and emergency landing, speaks Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, from the NASA Johnson Space Center. "We had to go through the steps that the crew has to take and prepare for emergency that the crew is still functioning after landing".

"We knew that if we wanted to be successful, we needed to stay calm and we needed to execute the procedures in front of us as smoothly and efficiently as we could", Hague told The Associated Press from Houston.

Ovchinin said he and Hague understood something was wrong when emergency lights came on in the cabin.

During the launch of the Russian spacecraft Soyuz MS-10 on October 11, the carrier rocket crashed and the crew consisting of Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin and US astronaut Nick Hague made an emergency landing. They braced for the extreme force - seven times the force of gravity - of the unusually steep descent and the shock of the parachutes popping open. "Luckily for us, it was smooth flat terrain".

"I am feeling well, so is my colleague, USA astronaut Nick Hague", Ovchinin said.

Once Hague was back on earth, he was plagued by one last technological failure - in the form of voicemail.The 43-year-old Air Force veteran used a satellite phone to call his wife, but she didn't pick up."It went to voicemail so now she's got a voicemail she can keep as a memento for the rest of her life", he laughed.

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Hague says he and his crewmate grinned at touchdown, shook hands and then joked about their short flight.

"Any time you're launching yourself into space and your booster has a problem when you're going 1,800 metres per second, things are pretty dynamic and they happen very fast", he said.

He said he would rather be in orbit, getting ready for a spacewalk, but is grateful to be alive. A Russian accident investigation is continuing, with all crew launches to the space station on hold.

"What can you do?"

Last week's Soyuz rocket failure was the first such rocket failure incident in Russia's recent history, and there is now no definitive information regarding the cause of the incident.

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