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Soyuz capsule returns to Earth from International Space Station

Soyuz capsule returns to Earth from International Space Station

Science
Dec. 20 (UPI) -- A Soyuz capsule with three crewmembers returned to Earth on Thursday after a six-month stay in the International Space Station. NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor, German astronaut Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency and Russian cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev touched down safely in snowy Kazakhstan at 12:02 a.m. EST, according to NASA. They left the space station at 8:40 p.m. They spent 197 days in space, circling the globe 3,152 times and covering 83.3 million miles. The temperature was in single digits upon their landing in the remote area. "The Soyuz MS-09 stuck the landing on the eve of the 50th anniversary of humankind's first voyage to the moon," NASA TV commentator Rob Navias said during a live webcast of the landing as reported by Space.com....
First manned Soyuz rocket since October accident takes off

First manned Soyuz rocket since October accident takes off

Technology
A Russian Soyuz rocket carrying astronauts bound for the International Space Station has taken off for the first time since a Soyuz rocket failed midair in October. American astronaut Anne McClain joined Canada’s David Saint-Jacques and Russia’s Oleg Kononenko aboard the rocket that launched from the Baikonur spaceport in the desert in central Kazakhstan on Monday. The launch had unusually high stakes following the accident in October, when a Soyuz suffered a malfunction around 2 minutes after take-off, forcing an American astronaut and Russian cosmonaut to eject about 30 miles above the earth’s surface. Following that accident, Russia’s space agency Roscomos suspended all manned Soyuz flights, cutting off the only way to get astronauts to the ISS. More tha...
Russia to hold 2 new space launches in wake of Soyuz failure

Russia to hold 2 new space launches in wake of Soyuz failure

Science
Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Russia approved two new space launches for 2018 after it scrapped the launch of Soyuz-FG that forced a U.S. astronaut and Russian cosmonaut to eject from their spacecraft. The Soyuz rocket will send up a robot-controlled cargo ship to the International Space Station, or ISS, on Nov. 16 for a resupply mission. Pending the outcome of that mission, a Dec. 3 launch, manned by cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, NASA astronaut Anne McClain and the Canadian Space Agency's David Saint-Jacques will go to the ISS to relieve its current crew. according to space.com. The Oct. 11 launch failure occurred after a booster malfunctioned on the Soyuz-FG two minutes after liftoff, forcing NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin to safely discharge from the spacecraft 200 mil...
Astronauts escape malfunctioning Soyuz rocket

Astronauts escape malfunctioning Soyuz rocket

Science
A capsule carrying the two crew members of a Russian Soyuz rocket that malfunctioned on lift-off has landed safely in Kazakhstan.Russian Cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin and US astronaut Nick Hague are reported to be "in good condition", both Nasa and Russian media said.Search and rescue teams are now en route to the landing site.The rocket had taken off for the International Space Station (ISS) when it suffered a problem with its booster.The crew had to return in "ballistic descent mode", Nasa tweeted, which it explained was "a sharper angle of landing compared to normal".The Soyuz rocket had taken off at 04:40 Eastern time for a four-orbit, six-hour journey to the ISS.Mr Hague and Mr Ovchinin were due to spend six months on the statio...