Mandan connection to failed Soyuz rocket launch

MANDAN, N.D. - A Mandan family has a special connection to a space news story that was broadcast internationally.

An emergency following a rocket launch in Kazakhstan made international headlines last week.

For a Mandan family, this was close to home as an astronaut on board is a relative. Janie Hague says cousin Nick Hague was on board the Soyuz MS-10 rocket that lifted off from a launch site in Kazakhstan for the 58th mission of the International Space Station.

A malfunction with the rocket caused the crew to make a ballistic descent.

"Instead it went straight up like this and then it went down like this," said Janie.

Janie had traveled to Peabody, Kan. to watch the launch with family. About two minutes into the flight, she noticed the flight controller mention a failure before the live feed cut out.

"I was sitting next to Astronaut Victor and I leaned over and I said, 'did they just say failure?' and he said 'Yes,' And then it went quiet, the whole room. mean you could've heard a pin drop," said Janie.

For about 20 minutes, Janie and the family didn't know what happened to Nick.

But now she says her cousin is doing well and hopes he will be able to travel to space soon.

"But for them to walk away with no scratches, pretty much is a miracle," said Janie.

The final results of the incident are expected to be released later this month.

Scott Hague, Janie's father, said off camera that he remembers when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded and related the fear of not knowing what happened to the crew to this launch.

According to a former astronaut of the ISS program, all Soyuz-FG rockets are put on hold until the cause can be determined.