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US presents mathematical model of Soyuz carrier rocket incident to Russia — official

November 20, 2018, 1:52 UTC+3 MOSCOW

NASA's own investigation into the reasons of Soyuz MS-10 rocket carrier crash confirmed the findings of the Roscosmos commission tasked with looking into the incident

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MOSCOW, November 19. /TASS/. US specialists have presented a mathematical model of the Soyuz MS-10 carrier rocket October 11 incident to Russian colleagues from the Roscosmos space agency, the agendy's head Dmitry Rogozin told a press conference dedicated to the 20th anniversay of the International Space Station (ISS).

"We started a series of talks with Mr. Gerstenmeier [William Gesternmeier - Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations for NASA] yesterday. We also discussed the current issue, and our US colleagues presented to us a mathematical model of what happened on October 11," Rogozin said.

He added that NASA's own investigation into the reasons of Soyuz MS-10 rocket carrier crash confirmed the findings of the Roscosmos commission tasked with looking into the incident.

A Soyuz-FG carrier rocket with a manned Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft blasted off from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome to the International Space Station (ISS) on October 11. On board the spacecraft were Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin (the commander of the Soyuz MS-10) and NASA astronaut Nick Hague.

Following a smooth liftoff, the Soyuz’s booster malfunctioned between the first and second stages of separating, whereupon the crew was forced to abort the flight and switch to ballistic descent. The manned Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft ended up landing safely in the Kazakh steppe.

This is the first emergency landing with this type of carrier rocket over the past 35 years.

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