The booster rocket carrying a Soyuz spacecraft with a Russian and United States astronaut on board headed for the International Space Station failed mid-air on Thursday, forcing the crew to make an emergency landing. The city is about 450 kilometers from the Russia's Baikonur space center, which Russian Federation operates through an agreement with the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Moscow immediately suspended all manned space launches, the RIA news agency reported, while Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin said he ordered a state commission to be set up to investigate what had gone wrong.
While the two men landed safely, the aborted mission dealt another blow to the troubled Russian space program.
The Soyuz MS-10 rocket had four first-stage boosters strapped to its central core, which housed the second stage booster.
It was the first time that the Soyuz - the main workhorse of crewed space flight today - had failed on a launch to the 20-year-old International Space Station.
Glover, the NASA astronaut at the bar, received word that the astronauts were making a "ballistic descent", a much steeper and faster return to Earth than what is ideal - but that search-and-rescue crews were in contact with the astronauts. Dzhezkazgan is about 450 kilometres northeast of Baikonur.
Once returned to Baikonur, they were greeted by family and respective space administration officials, before being taken to the local hospital for precautionary medical checks.
Both are scheduled to return to the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, today; Hague is expected to fly home to Houston next week.
Nasa mothballed the space shuttle programme in 2011, and since then has been paying Russian Federation tens of millions of dollars to send astronauts to the ISS.
Todd did say that commercial activity related to the space station would require having a human crew on board, however.
For comparison, high-G roller coasters like the Rock "n" Roller Coaster at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida and Carowinds' Nighthawk Flying Cobras produce a maximum of about five Gs during rides that last less than 1.5 minutes. The three-person crew was subjected to gravity forces of about eight times Earth's gravity for up to two minutes.
"The boys have landed", Mission Control assured the space station crew.
The Russian space agency Roscosmos has launched an inquiry into the accident. "But we have to keep going, for the sake of mankind". Hague was supposed to be one of the spacewalkers.
Russian Federation may indefinitely postpone its next manned Soyuz launch planned for December, state-owned RIA Novosti reported, citing an unidentified person. "The emergency rescue systems of the MS-Soyuz spacecraft worked smoothly".
The US and Russian astronaut who were forced to make an emergency landing after a rocket failure will attempt to launch again next spring.