UPDATED 11:15 AM PT — Fri. Oct. 12, 2018
American astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin are in Russia, following Thursday’s emergency landing shortly after take-off.
The two crewmen arrived in Moscow Friday to undergo a routine medical exam. Officials from Russia’s space agency — Roscosmos — explained this is just a matter of procedure and said both men are absolutely healthy after the ordeal.
Operations are also underway to address the problems which caused the Soyuz rocket to malfunction on its way to the International Space Station.
“Certainly, the program will be corrected — maybe we will extend the flight of the current crew for several days, but we don’t have much opportunity to extend it for long,” said Sergei Krikalev, executive director of Roscomos manned space programs. “We will try to speed up the launch of the next crew as much as possible, but certainly we will be trying to minimize the irregularities which caused the emergency.”
The two crewmen and their agencies are hoping to resume their mission to get back in orbit as soon as possible.