American and Russian astronaut rescued after emergency landing following rocket booster malfunction

The Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft carrying astronaut Nick Hague from the US and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin from Russia blasting off to the International Space Station on Oct 11 2018

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

"Teams are working with our Russian partners to obtain more information about the issue with the booster from today's launch", the United States agency said.

Russian Federation immediately suspended all manned space launches and set up a state commission to investigate what had gone wrong.

Relations between the US and Russian Federation have been very tense in recent years.

NASA released a statement after a Russian booster rocket on a mission to the International Space Station failed after launch.

A Russian rocket carrying an American and a Russian to the International Space Station failed on launch Thursday, forcing the astronaut and cosmonaut to careen back to Earth in a dramatic emergency landing.

An issue with the booster rockets shortly after takeoff meant the crew had to make an emergency landing, freefalling instead of using propulsion. We await further word from the search and rescue team.

By early Thursday afternoon, Ovchinin and Hague were on helicopters, making their way back to Baikonur, NASA said. They will spend the night in Baikonur before being flown to Star City, Russia's space training center outside Moscow.

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

One potential problem: the spacecraft that would let the ISS crew to return to Earth, which docked at the station in June, is equipped with batteries that lose power after about 200 days, NASA said.

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The incident comes as the USA has been making progress in its quest to end Russia's monopoly on manned flights to the ISS by encouraging private companies to conduct launches.

NASA says that two astronauts from the US and Russian Federation are in good condition after an emergency landing following booster rocket failure minutes after the launch.

3 minutes, 15 seconds after liftoff from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 4:47 a.m. EDT, something went wrong with the Soyuz rocket bringing crew members to the International Space Station.

Two astronauts are alive after dramatically aborting their voyage to the International Space Station when their Russian Soyuz rocket malfunctioned. Search and rescue crews are heading to the landing site.

Russia says it is suspending manned space launches pending a probe into a Russian booster rocket failure, raising questions about the fate of an upcoming launch that included a Canadian astronaut.

The journey was expected to take six hours.

Russian Federation may indefinitely postpone its next manned Soyuz launch planned for December, state-owned RIA Novosti reported, citing an unidentified person. Everything had been going quite smoothly for Roscosmos ahead of the freakish hole discovered in one of their Soyuz spacecraft which was (and still is) attached to the International Space Station. During the live broadcast of the launch, narration from Mission Control suggested that the booster failed to separate from the Soyuz capsule.

Hague was originally scheduled to participate in spacewalks in the coming weeks to replace batteries on the outside of the space station.

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