Rocket Launch Failure Forces Astronaut And Cosmonaut To Make 'Ballistic Landing'

A Soyuz rocket booster failed during the launch of a capsule carrying NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin Thursday, forcing officials to abort their mission. The capsule made a “ballistic landing” and rescue teams recovered the pair, who are reportedly in “good condition,” NASA says.

Hague and Ovchinin were headed to join the crew of the International Space Station when the Soyuz MS-10’s booster failed after launching from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

A NASA commentator on the agency’s TV network describes a ballistic landing this way: “That means it comes in at a sharper angle to land than we normally land at. And that means that the crew inside experiences higher G-force loads as they go through the landing.”

A recording of communications between the space station and…

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