"I didn't expect it to be quite this memorable."He gave all credit to his flight partner, who led the way once they learned of the booster failure and guided them to the successful hard landing in the Kazakh countryside".
Video from inside the capsule showed the two men being shaken around at the moment the failure on the Soyuz occurred, with their arms and legs flailing.
It was the first aborted launch for the Russians in 35 years and only the third in history.
Ovchinin and Hague safely returned to Earth in a jettisoned escape capsule.
The next expedition will fly to the International Space Station (ISS) in early December, Sergei Krikalev, the executive director of manned space programs at the Russian State Space Corporation Roscosmos, said earlier.
It's now been almost a week since the Soyuz rocket ferrying a NASA astronaut and Russian cosmonaut failed during launch, leading to a mission abort and sending the passengers on a course right back down to Earth.
Hague, 43, said he's dealt with in-flight emergencies during his Air Force career, but nothing like this.
Hague says he and his crewmate grinned at touchdown, shook hands and then joked about their short flight.
He's grateful the emergency system worked despite the fact it hadn't been called into action for decades. They knew that something was not right as they felt weightless when they should have been feeling pushed back in their seats.
Hague said he has no clue as to when he'll get a second shot, but is ready as soon as he gets the go-ahead.
This means that while they will be able to return to Earth, if they do so there will be no crew aboard the station until another crew can be launched. The space station, meanwhile, is managing for now with a crew of three.
Last week's Soyuz rocket failure was the first such rocket failure incident in Russia's recent history, and there is now no definitive information regarding the cause of the incident.