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Astronauts make emergency landing after escaping malfunctioning rocket

International Space Station crew members board the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft for the launch at the Baikonur Cosmodrome Kazakhstan Russian Soyuz rocket suffers failure on launch, set to return back to Earth
Elijah Vega | 11 October, 2018, 23:00

A booster failure during a Soyuz rocket launch forced the two crew members to abort their mission to the International Space Station and return to Earth in the first such emergency landing for the Russian-built spacecraft since 1975.

They will blast off atop the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft Thursday at 4:40 a.m. EDT for a six-hour ride to their new home in space.

The crew is heading back to the landing site in Kazakhstan.

The American space agency said on Twitter that the crew were in good condition, after the capsule landed safely in Kazakhstan.

-Russian crew to the International Space Station failed during its ascent Thursday (Oct. 11), sending its crew capsule falling back toward Earth in a ballistic re-entry, NASA officials said.

But the consequences of the failed launch will ripple through the space station's activities.

Had the launch gone smoothly, Ovchinin and Hague would have reached the space station later today.

A group photo taken of the full International Space Station crew shortly before three astronauts left earlier this month.

The launch failure follows close on the heels of another Soyuz issue, in which a hole was discovered August 29 on the MS-09 spacecraft that delivered the most recent crew to the space station.

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Russian and USA space officials said that the crew is heading for an emergency landing in Kazakhstan at an unspecified time.

NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine issued a statement saying he was "grateful that everyone is safe" and that "a thorough investigation into the cause of the incident will be conducted".

Relations between Moscow and Washington have sunk to post-Cold War lows over the crisis in Ukraine, the war in Syria and allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 United States presidential vote, but Russia and the United States have maintained cooperation in space.

A Russian Soyuz rocket carrying a new U.S.

NASA and Roscosmos officials say they are launching an investigation into exactly what went wrong with the rocket and why.

Glitches found in Russia's Proton and Soyuz rockets in 2016 were traced to manufacturing flaws at the plant in Voronezh.

The Soyuz capsule carrying them separated from the malfunctioning rocket and made what is called a steep ballistic descent with parachutes helping slow its speed. Everything had been going quite smoothly for Roscosmos ahead of the freaky hole discovered in one of their Soyuz spacecraft which was (and still is) attached to the International Space Station.

Stefan Beransky, editor of the specialist Aerospatium magazine and author of a book on the Soyuz rocket, said now "the main problem is that there are two fewer people at the station".

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