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20 October 2018, 12:28 | Ross Houston

Russia may resume manned space flights on November 28: Interfax


A US astronaut who was on board an aborted launch of a Soyuz rocket into space last week said he still trusts the Russian technology and is ready to go back into space on another Soyuz mission.

Shortly after its launch on october 11, a Soyuz rocket malfunctioned, causing the crewmembers to experience an emergency landing.

"All of my instincts and reflexes inside the capsule are to speak Russian", said Hague, who had two years of training in Russia.

Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin on Tuesday said the G-force during last week's emergency landing of the Soyuz spacecraft felt like a concrete block on his chest but he and NASA astronaut Nick Hague are now in "great" health.

In footage of the flight released by the Russian space agency Roscosmos Ovchinin can be heard calmly telling mission control that there has been an "accident" and even quipping about a particularly "short flight" before the feed is cut off.

"I imagined that my first trip to outer space was going to be a memorable one", Hague told reporters.

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Hague said that the crew did not experience any extreme temperatures during their journey back to Earth.

"The next flight was originally planned in December, but we will now try to make it a little bit early December", Krikalyov said in a video interview with the RT TV channel. He holds out a hand. "In a handful of minutes, somebody was tapping on the window next to me, giving me the OK symbol, and I was answering back with a big smile, and then they had the hatch open", Hague said on Wednesday, as broadcast by NASA.

The main booster cut off its power automatically because of the problem which occurred just 119 seconds into the flight.

His emotions bubbled up once he was reunited with his wife, their two young sons and his parents, back at the launch site. He says he'd rather be in orbit, getting ready for a spacewalk, but is grateful to be alive.

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 space station, meanwhile, is managing for now with a crew of three. Interfax reported on Saturday, citing a source, that the flight could take place on November 28.

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