So you wanna go to space? Want to ride that rocket to Earth's highest altitude and look back on our planet? You better hold on to your butts!
Getting to space requires you to be flown higher than your body can survive and faster than 17,000 miles per hour!
Here in the US we've had the Saturn V rocket take us to the moon, the Space Shuttle(s) take us to low-Earth orbit, and hopefully soon Falcon Heavy and the Space Launch System (SLS) to take us to Mars.
In Russia, they've been using the Soyuz rocket since 1966, and has been the only way the country has been escaping Earth's hold on humans to the ground. Also, since the retirement of the Shuttle program, it's been the only way American astronauts have been making it to the International Space Station.
Today, 3 space explorers were on their way to the ISS, when something terrible started to happen. According to officials, "Shortly after launch, there was an anomaly with the booster and the launch ascent was aborted, resulting in a ballistic landing of the spacecraft. Search and rescue teams were deployed to the landing site." (Source: YouTube)
Aboard the ISS, German astronaut Alexander Gerst caught this photo of the failed launch and stated for the world why they do what they do:
Glad our friends are fine. Thanks to the rescue force of >1000 SAR professionals! Today showed again what an amazing vehicle the #Soyuz is, to be able to safe the crew from such a failure. Spaceflight is hard. And we must keep trying for the benefit of humankind.#Exp57 #SoyuzMS10 pic.twitter.com/Gylnn98UE9— Alexander Gerst (@Astro_Alex) October 11, 2018
The crew was rescued shortly after the abort was announced and are safe back on Earth:
.@AstroHague, right, and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin, left, embrace their families after landing in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Hague and Ovchinin arrived after a safe landing on Earth following a Soyuz booster failure during launch earlier. Look: https://t.co/MzoA9TOqXk pic.twitter.com/mZqIiL7RYi— NASA (@NASA) October 11, 2018