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'Concrete block on your chest': Russian cosmonaut recounts failed space launch

17 October 2018, 04:00 | Justin Tyler

Russian Soyuz investigation by Oct 20 |

Astronauts aboard ISS afraid of aborting space launch

It was the first aborted launch for the Russians in 35 years and only the third in history.

Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin says the force he felt during a Soyuz emergency landing last week was like having a concrete block on his chest.

"They are constantly trying to build a flawless spacecraft, but it can't be ideal all the time, so we have contingencies in place and we have other fail-safe systems", he said. "We had to carry out various actions that have to be done by the crew to prepare for an emergency landing", he said.

During the launch of the Russian spacecraft Soyuz MS-10 on October 11, the carrier rocket crashed and the crew consisting of Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin and USA astronaut Nick Hague made an emergency landing. Ovchinin could be heard saying: "That was a quick flight".

Ovchinin and Hague safely returned to Earth in a jettisoned escape capsule.

Solovyov, also a cosmonaut, made the remarks at a lecture at the Moscow State University, after a Russian spacecraft failed to deliver new crew and materials to the station, according to TASS news agency. Rescuers picked them up after they landed a few hundred miles to the north of Baikonur and they were reported to be in good shape. Hague communicated in Russian throughout the more than half-hour ordeal.

The failure "only helped to solidify my appreciation for how robust that system is", said Hague, 43, in an online question-and-answer session with reporters streamed by NASA.

Nick Hague on Tuesday publicly described his close call during a Facebook conversation. The ride back to earth must have been uncomfortable for the two crew members as they experienced great accelerations and decelerations.

The CEO of Singapore-based Equatorial Space Industries, Simon Gwozdz, told Khaleej Times that astronauts who are meant to go to the ISS soon should "expect some delays". The space station, meanwhile, is managing for now with a crew of three.

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