Anyway, Hague goes on to explain how the rocket's automated abort mechanism yanked the crew capsule away from the rocket once the failure was detected. We had to work.
When pressed for a window into his mind and what he was thinking in the moments following the rocket failure, Hague credits his training for keeping him focused on what needed to be done to make it back to land in one piece. Hague, making his first launch, saw the curvature of Earth and the blackness of space.
In the wake of a booster failure that forced a Russian Soyuz spacecraft to make an emergency landing last week, astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) were anxious whether their space launch would be cancelled.
A view shows the Soyuz capsule transporting USA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin, after it made an emergency landing following a failure of its booster rockets, near the city of Zhezkazgan in central Kazakhstan October 11, 2018.
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Mr Hague said he and his crewmate grinned at touchdown, shook hands and then joked about their short flight.
His emotions bubbled up once he was reunited with his wife, their two young sons and his parents, back at the launch site. The ride back to earth must have been uncomfortable for the two crew members as they experienced great accelerations and decelerations. His youngest wanted to know when he was going back to space.
They flew to the orbit taking Russia's Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft that blasted off on June 6 and they are scheduled to stay onboard the space station for 187 days. "You just try to celebrate the little gifts that you get, like walking the boys to school this morning".
Russian Federation had immediately issued a notice shortly after the incident, saying that they had suspended all the future manned space flights for now, and an investigation was on to figure out what went wrong with the Soyuz rocket.