Watch the Russian rocket failure that forced two astronauts to make an emergency landing

The Russian space agency Roscosmos has released footage of the failed Soyuz rocket launch that grounded a NASA astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut last month.

The two crew members were on their way to the International Space Station when the Russian-made Soyuz rocket (the only way to ferry humans to the ISS at this point in time) aborted about a minute and a half after takeoff. An official report detailing the cause of the failure is due to be published today, but Russian officials told news agencies yesterday that the problem was an on-board sensor used to track the separation of the rocket’s boosters.

The Soyuz is a multistage rocket, meaning it uses groups of engines that fire one after another to push the vehicle out of the grip of…

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