Ham Astronaut and Cosmonaut Safe After Aborted Launch
US Astronaut Nick Hague, KG5TMV (NASA photo)
A booster failure
soon after the launch of a Soyuz space capsule en route to the International
Space Station on October 11 prompted an emergency launch abort and
"ballistic" landing of the capsule, according to NASA and other
sources. American astronaut Nick Hague, KG5TMV - making his first flight into
space - and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin landed safely in Kazakhstan.
A ballistic landing is one which is powered only by gravity, with no ability to
slow the descent or change course.
Both NASA and Roscosmos, the Russian space
agency, are investigating the launch failure.