US, Russia astronauts making emergency landing

Mindy Sparks
October 11, 2018

A two-man Russian-American crew has returned to Earth in their Soyuz capsule in an emergency landing following a problem with the booster rocket shortly after a launch bound for the International Space Station.

They are set to make an emergency landing in Kazakhstan, with both crew members live and talking to mission control.

They were to dock at the International Space Station six hours later, but the booster suffered engine failure minutes after the launch.

Earlier NASA warned the Soyuz capsule was returning to Earth "via a ballistic descent, which is a sharper angle of landing compared to normal".

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).

"Teams have been in contact with the crew".

Four helicopters have taken off from Kazakh bases to search for the Soyuz crew, according to RIA news agency citing local officials.

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

The space agency later tweeted that search and rescue teams were headed to site where the astronauts were expected to land. Hague and Ovchinin will spend about six months living and working aboard the orbiting lab.

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