NASA astronaut Hague notes his Russian partner's experience USA 10:02

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"I told her I was fine and it was one wild ride."Despite this failed trip, Hague said he's looking forward to blasting off again: "Absolutely, I'm ready to fly". Instead, the pair's emergency rescue system kicked into action after a problem during booster separation.

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 Thursday, at 11:40 a.m. Moscow time.

Both are now waiting for the results of an investigation into why the Soyuz rocket malfunctioned and never made it to the International Space Station, forcing Ovchinin to command a ballistic descent back to Earth amid a communication breakdown with mission control.

Ovchinin, who unlike Hague had previous experience in space, took command during the emergency landing and quipped during the landing that they had a particularly "short flight".

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"Everything was new for me, it was my first time, so I have to give kudos to my commander Alexey Ovchinin".

Back home in Houston, Hague told the Associated Press, "We knew that if we wanted to be successful, we needed to stay calm and we needed to execute the procedures in front of us smoothly and efficiently as we could".

It was the first aborted launch for the Russians in 35 years and only the third in history.

Hague compared his flight path to tossing a ball in the air, with the safety mechanism carrying the astronauts from the point where they separated from the rocket up to the high point of that path.

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"All of my instincts and reflexes inside the capsule are to speak Russian", said Hague, who had two years of training in Russia.

He also took the opportunity to look out the window - not exclusively to admire Earth and space, but also to check how the spacecraft was positioned. "Luckily for us, it was smooth flat terrain". Were we going to be on the steppes of Kazakhstan?

When asked if there will be a delay on the launch, he said: "We don't have any confirmation yet".

Then, it was time to come back down, and that's where the going got rough for a bit. That includes monitoring the capsule's orientation and how systems are responding to different inputs.

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