-Russian crew of a Soyuz spacecraft bound for the International Space Station was safe following a dramatic emergency landing on Thursday shortly after liftoff in Kazakhstan when their rocket failed in mid-air. The emergency occurred as the first and second stages of a booster rocket separated shortly after launch from Kazakhstan’s Soviet-era cosmodrome of Baikonur. Russian rockets have been the only means of bringing crew members to the International Space Station since the United States retired its Space Shuttle programme in 2011, although NASA has announced plans for a test flight carrying two astronauts on a SpaceX commercial rocket next April. ” A Russian space industry source was cited by the Interfax news agency as saying that there was enough food onboard the space station to last until April of next year. In August, a hole appeared in a Soyuz capsule already docked to the ISS that caused a brief loss of air pressure and had to be patched.
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