In Photos: Space Station Crew's Harrowing Abort Landing After Soyuz Launch Failure

The Rocket Trail

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Another long-exposure shot of the launch, taken from a longer range, shows the rocket's path toward low-Earth orbit.

Post-Landing Hugs

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After a ballistic reentry, the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft landed back in Kazakhstan, where search and recovery teams picked them up and brought them back to Baikonur. In this photo, Ovchinin (left) and Hague (right) embrace their families. [Full Story: Astronaut, Cosmonaut in 'Good Health' After Surviving Soyuz Rocket Launch Failure]

The Astronaut's Wife

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NASA astronaut Nick Hague embraces his wife after landing at the Baikonur Krayniy Airport.

A Warm Welcome

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Alexey Ovchinin is greeted by a Russian Orthodox priest while receiving medical attention at the Krayniy Airport.

Hague and Rogozin


Astronaut Nick Hague and Roscosmos leader Dmitry Rogozin are shown in a photograph taken after the Soyuz capsule's launch abort on Oct. 11, 2018.

Conciliatory Nuts


Nick Hague snacks on nuts while getting his vitals checked after the emergency landing.

Health Checks


Alexey Ovchinin rests while medical examiners check his vitals after the emergency landing.

Hague and Bridenstine

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NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine greets astronaut Nick Hague after his emergency landing during a crew launch to the space station. [NASA Administrator Promises Investigation into Astronauts' Emergency Landing After Soyuz Failure]

The Backup Crew

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The prime crew and backup crew for the Soyuz MS-10 flight to the International Space Station, from left to right: backup crewmembers David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency and Oleg Kononenko of Roscosmos, and prime crewmembers Alexey Ovchinin of Roscosmos and Nick Hague of NASA.

Soyuz Rollout

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The Soyuz rocket rolls out to the launchpad on Oct. 9, 2018.

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