Published: Thu, October 11, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

US, Russia astronauts making emergency landing

US, Russia astronauts making emergency landing

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

NASA astronaut Hague and Roscosmos' cosmnonaut Ovchinin lifted off as scheduled at 4:40 a.m. EDT Thursday from the Russia-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

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

"Teams have confirmed the spacecraft separated from the booster and are in contact with the crew as the capsule returns in a ballistic decent mode".

Two astronauts from the USA and Russian Federation are in good condition after a booster failed and they were forced to make an emergency landing.

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It comes weeks after a hole was discovered in the International Space Station amid talk from the Russian space authorities of deliberate sabotage.

NASA had issued a worrying tweet on Thursday morning saying: 'There's been an issue with the booster from today's launch.

Search and rescue crews are on their way to the Soyuz capsule, and were likely to reach it by 11.30pm, NZ time.

Search and rescue teams were heading to the area to recover the crew. Hague and Ovchinin will spend about six months living and working aboard the orbiting lab. The Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft has made an emergency landing.

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

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