Astronaut in space drama said he joked with crewmate after touchdown

NASA to proceed with Soyuz launch despite recent rocket failure

Russia may resume manned space flights on November 28: Interfax

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.

Russia's catastrophic loss on October 11 of an important Soyuz rocket is being rapidly investigated, and the event is subject to a criminal enquiry.

The Soyuz-FG launch vehicle carrying the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft blasted off from Baikonur on October 11.

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.

Ovchinin and US astronaut Nick Hague spoke separately Tuesday about their frightening experience when an unknown mishap caused their Russian Soyuz to abort its mission 60 kilometers (37 miles) above Kazakhstan.

Last week, the Soyuz MS-10 launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan with Russian Cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin and U.S. astronaut Nick Hague onboard, made an emergency landing after their rocket malfunctioned. "Luckily for us, it was smooth flat terrain".

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. I shake his hand.

His emotions bubbled up once he was reunited with his wife, their two young sons and his parents, back at the launch site.

Hague said he has no clue as to when he'll get a second shot, but is ready as soon as he gets the go-ahead.

They travelled to the circle taking Russia's Soyuz MS-09 shuttle that launched on June 6 and they are booked to remain on board the space station for 187 days.

A Russian space agency official said on Friday that Russia still planned to go ahead as planned with its next manned flight to the ISS in December despite a rocket failure this week.

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