12 October 2018
Aerospace America reports that “NASA and its space station partners face a conundrum of timing after Thursday’s Soyuz rocket accident, which miraculously left the crew of a cosmonaut and an astronaut in shape to walk away and hug loved ones.” The capsule, which was due to deliver new crew members to the ISS and serve as the station's new emergency escape capsule, instead landed in Kazakhstan. The Soyuz capsule currently at the station and serving as the escape module “has a recommended lifetime of ‘200 days,’ said Kenny Todd, NASA’s mission operations manager for the International Space Station,” adding that “‘There is little margin’ to that, however.”  With Soyuz rockets currently the only way to deliver crew to the station, international partners may face a difficult “decision over whether to leave the orbiting lab uncrewed after January.” (Image: Cosmonat Alexey Ovchinin of Roscosmos, left, and astronaut Nick Hague of NASA hug their families after landing in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, on Thursday. Hague and Ovchinin arrived from Zhezkazgan after Russian search and rescue teams brought them from the Soyuz landing site. Credit: NASA)
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