Saturday, 20 October, 2018

Astronauts make emergency landing after rocket malfunction

Rocket carrying space station crew fails in mid-air, crew forced to make emergency landing Astronauts make emergency landing after rocket malfunction
Sandy Nunez | 11 October, 2018, 12:47

A two-man Russian-American crew has returned to Earth in their Soyuz capsule in an emergency landing following a problem with the booster rocket shortly after a launch bound for the International Space Station.

NASA has confirmed both astronauts are in good condition, while a Russian news agency said neither of the men required any immediate medical help. Following the launch, live coverage will resume near the end of their 6-hour voyage at 10 a.m. EDT (1400 GMT), as the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft prepares to dock at the station's Poisk module.

NASA Television reported that the spacecraft was in a ballistic descent after apparently separating from the Soyuz rocket, making a return to Earth rather than heading to the International Space Station.

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

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

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A Soyuz rocket carrying the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft lifted off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 4:40 a.m.

The space agency later tweeted that search and rescue teams were headed to site where the astronauts were expected to land.

It was the first space mission for Hague, who joined NASA's astronaut corps in 2013.

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 US presidential vote, but Russia and the USA have maintained cooperation in space.