ISS: Space rocket declares emergency after launch - astronauts parachute out

11 October, 2018, 13:01 | Author: Kelly Sanders
  • Soyuz-FG rocket booster blasts off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome carrying the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft with Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin and NASA astronaut Nick Hague of the ISS Expedition 57/58 prime crew aboard to the International Space Station (IS

BAIKONUR, KAZAKHSTAN-A duo of astronauts aboard a Russian Soyuz capsule bound for the the International Space Station landed back on Earth mere minutes after launch as their rocket suffered an unspecified failure.

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

Agencies cited sources as saying that the crew was safe and was making an emergency landing in Kazakhstan where Thursday's unsuccessful launch took place.

NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Roscosmos' Alexey Ovchinin lifted off in Kazakhstan at around 2:40 p.m. local time from the Russia-leased Baikonur Cosmodrome atop a Soyuz booster rocket.


"The crew are in good condition and in contact". Search and rescue crews are getting ready to reach the expected landing site.

The crew were returning to Earth in "a ballistic descent mode", according to Nasa.

The pair were due to monitor a series of carefully planned rocket firings during a six-hour rendezvous with the lab complex, moving in for an automated linkup at the upper Poisk module.

A duo of astronauts from the US and Russian Federation has blasted off for a mission on the International Space Station.

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