Russia's space agency has revealed new video footage of the Soyuz rocket failute that forced astonauts to abandon their mission to the International Space Station 50 miles above Earth.
It shows one of the rockets four boosters failing to release properly, causing the terrifying spin.
Usually, the four boosters fall away perfectly symmetrically, creating a visual phenomenon sometimes referred to as a 'Korolev Cross,' after a Soviet rocket engineer.
Russian investigators say that the rocket itself was sound - and a sensor that sent the signal to jettison the rocket was to blame.
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The Soyuz-FG rocket carrying a NASA astronaut and a Roscosmos cosmonaut failed two minutes into the Oct. 11 flight, sending their emergency capsule into a sharp fall back to Earth.
They landed safely on a steppe in Kazakhstan, but the aborted mission dealt another blow to the troubled Russian space program that serves as the only way to deliver astronauts to the orbiting outpost.
Roscosmos' executive director Sergei Krikalyov said Wednesday the probe found that a malfunction of a sensor which signals the jettisoning one of the rocket's four side boosters caused the booster to collide with the second stage of the rocket, but didn't explain why it didn't work.
(L-R) Roscosmos' Deputy Director General for rockets production, operation of ground-based infrastructure and quality control, Alexander Lopatin, acting TSNIIMASH head Nikolai Sevastyanov, Head of the Roscosmos commission investigating the Soyuz rocket accident on 11 October 2018, Oleg Skorobogatov and RSC (Rocket and Space Corporation) Energia head Sergei Romanov take part in a news conference on causes of Soyuz rocket accident which took place on October 11
Oleg Skorobogatov, who led the probe into the accident, told reporters Thursday that the investigation found that the