Soyuz MS-10: Russian spacecraft makes emergency landing on Earth

Katie Ramirez
October 11, 2018

The Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft carrying the crew of astronaut Nick Hague of the US and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin of Russian Federation blasts off to the International Space Station (ISS) from the launchpad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan October 11, 2018.

The rocket was launched from the Soviet-era cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Search and rescue crews are heading to the landing site.

Russian and United States space officials said the crew made an emergency landing in Kazakhstan at an unspecified time.

Nasa says a booster failure forced the two crew to return to return to Earth in a "ballistic descent mode" - a sharper angle of landing compared to normal.

But they got into trouble and were forced to make an emergency exit.

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"We had an interruption on today's launch", a NASA commentator reported.

A duo of astronauts from the US and Russian Federation has blasted off for a mission on the International Space Station. They had reached a good height so it was possible to descend in their capsule'.

The pair was set to dock at the orbiting outpost six hours after launch, but the booster rocket failed minutes after launch.

The rocket was en route to the International Space Station (ISS).

Normally this only happens once the boosters have fired the module into space, and the capsule then completes the final part of the journey alone.

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