Soyuz crew reportedly alive after emergency landing

Christopher Davidson
October 11, 2018

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.

Riding atop a Russian Soyuz rocket, the rookie NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin will launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 4:40 a.m. EDT (0840 GMT; 2:40 p.m. Kazakhstan time).

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.

But the members were forced to make an emergency landing after suffering a booster malfunction during launch in Kazakhstan.

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Russian news agencies reported that booster rockets carrying the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft on a mission headed for the International Space Station failed mid-air, forcing the crew to abort the flight and make the landing.

Russian and US space officials said that the crew is heading for an emergency landing in Kazakhstan at an unspecified time. NASA said search and rescue crews were en route to the projected landing site, expecting to arrive in about 90 minutes.

The Russia Soyuz rocket was carrying a Russian and USA astronaut on board. Their Soyuz spacecraft will dock at the orbiting outpost six hours later.

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