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Soyuz MS-10 crew to join ISS in 2019 - Roscosmos

NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin that were on board the Soyuz MS-10 rocket which suffered a malfunction at launch will head to the International Space Station (ISS) in the spring of next year, Director General of Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin stated on Friday. "The guys will fly for sure," Rogozin stated after earlier reports indicated their backups may be sent to the ISS instead.

The two astronauts were supposed to be on their way to the ISS yesterday and join the Expedition 57 Commander Alexander Gerst from the European Space Agency, NASA's Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Roscosmos Flight Engineer Sergey Prokopyev, who arrived at the ISS in June. However, Hague and Ovchinin were forced to make an emergency landing after their rocket's booster system failed during the launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The two astronauts survived the landing without sustaining any injuries and have since returned to the space training center in Star City near Moscow.

As a result of the failed launch, Russia suspended all manned missions to space and opened a criminal investigation into the issue, which was the first such incident on a manned space flight since the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Roscosmos noted that the accident occurred after the Soyuz-FG carrier rocket aborted after the lower part of its second stage disintegrated.

Breaking the News / NP