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    The crew members of the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft who made an emergency landing in Kazakhstan after the failed launch of their vehicle at the Baikonur cosmodrome, earlier arrived at the Chkalovsky military airport.

    The flight of Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin and NASA astronaut Nick Hague to the International Space Station (ISS) is scheduled for next spring, Russian State Space Corporation Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin said.

    "We are back to Zvyozdny gorodok. The guys will fly. We’re planning their flight for next spring," Rogozin wrote on Twitter.

    NASA Administrator Jim Brindenstine and European Space Agency (ESA) Director General Jan Woerner offered their assistance in the investigation immediately after the Soyuz booster failure, Sergei Krikalev, the executive director of manned space programs at the Russian State Space Corporation Roscosmos, said.

    On October 11, an accident occurred during the liftoff of a Soyuz-FG launch vehicle carrying the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft with two new members of the International Space Station (ISS) crew on board. The crew safely returned to Earth in a jettisoned escape capsule.

    Roscosmos has launched an inquiry into the accident.

    A source at the Baikonur space center told Sputnik on Thursday that all Russian manned launches had been suspended after the Soyuz accident.

    READ MORE: Soyuz Space Vehicle Designed to Safely Return Crew in Any Conditions — ASI

    Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov expressed hope that NASA would treat the situation with understanding.


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