NASA astronaut Anne McClain said she had "no qualms" about driving a Russian rocket next month even though she collapsed with the aging aircraft in a row.
She said on Friday that the space flight was never 100 per cent safe and it was a coincidence that the last two Soyuz missions to the International Space Station were in trouble.
Last month, astronauts had to make an emergency landing after a failed start. A month ago, an air leak in the space station was attributed to a hole that was mysteriously drilled into a docked Soyuz capsule.
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In this image from NASA's video, US astronaut Anne McClain speaks on Friday, November 9, 2018 during an interview in Star City, Russia. She will start December 3rd on her first space flight with a Russian and Russian Starland fan Canadian.
McClain will cancel December 3 on her first space flight with a Russian and a Canadian.
She says her family is used to their risky work.
She says that she wants to teach her young son and other children that sacrifices for dreams are necessary.
The Russian Space Agency has unveiled new video footage of the failure of the Soyuz rocket, which has been forced to abandon its mission to the International Space Station 50 miles above the Earth.
It shows one of the missile's four missiles, which does not release properly, causing the fearsome spin.
Normally, the four boosters fall perfectly symmetrical, creating a visual phenomenon sometimes referred to as a "Korolev cross", according to a Soviet rocket engineer.
Russian investigators say that the rocket itself was sound – and a sensor that sent out the signal to launch the rocket was to blame.
The Soyuz-FG rocket, which carried a NASA astronaut and a Roscosmos cosmonaut, failed two minutes after the flight on October 11, sending its emergency capsule back to earth in a sharp fall.
They landed safely in a steppe in Kazakhstan, but the canceled mission gave yet another blow to the troubled Russian space program, which is the only way to bring astronauts to the encircling outpost.
Sergei Krikalyov, general manager of Roscosmos, said Wednesday that the probe had detected that a malfunction of a sensor signaling the dropping of one of the rocket's four side boosters had caused the booster to collide with the rocket's second stage, but did not explain why was not the case. t work.
(LR) Roscosmos Deputy Director-General for Missile Production, Operation of Land-Based Infrastructure and Quality Control, Alexander Lopatin, Deputy TSNIIMASH Chief Nikolai Sevastyanov, Head of the Roscosmos Commission for Investigation of the Soyuz Rocket Accident on October 11, 2018, Oleg Skorobogatov and RSC (Rocket and Space Corporation) Energia boss Sergei Romanov will attend a press conference on the causes of the Soyuz rocket crash on 11 October
Oleg Skorobogatov, who led the probe into the accident, told reporters Thursday that the investigation revealed that the sensor was damaged during final assembly on the launch pad in Kazakhstan.
Russian rockets are manufactured in Russia and then transported by rail to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, which is rented in Russia.
Skorobogatov said officials are now taking steps, including conducting skill tests and providing additional training to all assembly personnel to ensure that such disruptions do not recur.
The rocket producer is also going to disassemble two other rockets that were recently assembled and are scheduled to launch and then reassemble in the coming weeks, Skorobogatov said.
Roscosmos officials met with NASA colleagues on Wednesday to fully brief them on the malfunction, said Roscosmos general director Dmitry Rogozin on Thursday.
FILE – This Thursday, October 11, 2018, the photo of the Soyuz-FG rocket with the spacecraft Soyuz MS-10 carrying a new crew to the International Space Station ISS will be broadcast on the cosmodrome leased from the Russian leased land in Baikonur Sky flown. Kazakhstan Russia's space agency says an investigation has revealed that a missile carrying a crew to the International Space Station has recently failed due to a technical malfunction of a sensor.
Russian space officials plan to conduct another unmanned Soyuz launch of Russia and one abroad before they launch a crew to the space station.
Krikalyov said they hope to send the new crew to the Orbita lab on December 3rd.
This would also mean that the current crew must stay there for at least one to two weeks to ensure a smooth carryover.
Sergei Krikalyov, a high-ranking official of Roscosmos, was quoted by the state news agency TASS as saying that the next manned launch was scheduled for mid-December, but Russia had been trying to move the date so that the ISS would not be short without a crew.
The three-man crew can return home on December 20, he was quoted as saying.
"The industry is making considerable efforts to postpone the launch to December 3 so that the station will not switch to autopilot mode and the landing is expected around December 20," he said.
The Soyuz MS-10, carrying the crew of US astronaut Nick Hague and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin of Russia, will leave Kazakhstan on 11 October 2018 seconds before the launch of the Baikonur (Kazakhstan) spaceport to the International Space Station ISS canceled
The smoke rises as the first-stage boosters of the Soyuz-FG rocket are separated with the Soyuz MS-10 spaceship, which carries a new crew to the International Space Station (ISS) after launch on Kazakhstan's rented Russian Baikonur Cosmodrome. Russia's space agency says an investigation has revealed that a rocket carrying a crew to the International Space Station has recently failed due to a sensor malfunction.