US, Russia space crew aborts mission after booster failure

11 October, 2018, 12:58 | Author: Darnell Taylor

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.

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

"The crew are in good condition and in contact".

The rocket was launched from the Soviet-era cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Their Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft will arrive at the space station after a quick, 6-hour or "fast track" rendezvous rather than the traditional, two-day route. The launch appeared to be normal until around first stage separation, when the crew reported a "failure" with the booster and feeling weightlessness.

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Russian Cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin and U.S. astronaut Nick Hague were on board but their lives "are not in danger", said Russian state TV.

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

NASA confirmed the crew had landed safely back on earth at 8.23pm (AEST).

Ovchinin spent six months on the station in 2016. It is not clear at this time if that flight will be delayed as a result of the Soyuz MS-10 failure Thursday.

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