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The aborted launch of a Soyuz rocket with US astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin on Thursday was the first such accident in the history of manned launches in modern Russia.
Two similar aborted launches—during which the crews had a close brush with death but miraculously survived—took place during the Soviet Union era in 1975 and 1983.
September - Soyuz - T-10 - Rocket - Cosmonauts
On September 27, 1983, a Soyuz T-10 rocket was scheduled to take Russian cosmonauts Vladimir Titov and Gennady Strekalov to the Salyut space station.
During the final seconds of the countdown, the launch vehicle caught fire and the automatic abort sequence failed.
Flight - Controllers - Mission - Capsule - Escape
Flight controllers manually aborted the mission, activating the capsule's escape tower.
The two were pulled away from the flame-engulfed rocket and landed safely several kilometres from the launch vehicle, which apparently exploded seconds after the Soyuz separated.
Men - G-forces
The two men were subjected to g-forces of 15...
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