Thursday, 11 October 2018

Russia 'launches criminal investigation' into rocket failure, according to reports



Russia has launched a criminal investigation over a failed rocket launch to the International Space Station, according to reports.
 
A US and Russian astronaut were forced to make an emergency landing shortly after the mission got underway, with their Soyuz rocket having suffered significant engine failures.


It was an unprecedented mishap for the Russian space programme and the AFP news agency claims a criminal investigation is now underway to determine whether safety regulations had been violated during construction.


Despite the issue affecting the booster rocket, NASA's Nick Hague and Roscosmos' Alexey Ovchinin are alive and have touched down in Kazakhstan.


They landed about 12 miles east of the city of Dzhezkazgan, and officials from Russia's space agency said rescue workers had managed to reach the crew - who are now understood to be out of the capsule.





SKY    News.