Two astronauts make emergency landing after Russian rocket malfunctions during lift-off

U.S., Russian Space Crew Heading Back To Earth After Booster Failure

US astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin landed safely in remote Kazakhstan after a booster on the Soyuz MS-10 rocket failed, NASA said.

NASA astronaut Nick Hague, a member of the International Space Station (ISS) expedition 57/58, is helped by specialists as his space suit is tested at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on October 11, 2018.

Nasa said they were "fine" while Russian news agencies reported that they were "as well as possible after experiencing such G-forces".

"NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and the NASA team are monitoring the situation carefully".

He added that a "thorough investigation into the cause of the incident will be conducted". Around the time of the separation of the four strap-on boosters-about 2 minutes into the flight-was when the issue occurred. The current Soyuz on the ISS, Soyus MS-09, launched in June and has an orbital lifetime of about 200 days.

"The crew is returning to Earth in a ballistic descent mode".

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NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin were forced to make an unplanned descent through Earth's atmosphere today following a malfunction of their Soyuz launch vehicle.

Rescue crews are now heading towards the emergency landing site in the barren Kazakh steppe to provide support for the crew.

"The emergency rescue system worked, the vessel was able to land in Kazakhstan. the crew are alive", the Russian space agency Roscosmos said in a tweet.

American Nick Hague, 43, and Russian Aleksey Ovchinin, 47, were the two astronauts bound for the International Space Station before having to abort the mission.

A couple minutes after liftoff, however, a frantic message - "Failure, failure, failure", blared across the live feed.

At this moment, there are no Soyuz spacecraft berthed at the orbiting science station. They were scheduled to dock with the space station later Thursday and spend six-months there.

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