The spacecraft was a Russian Soyuz MS-10 and it was on expedition 57/58 to the International Space Station. It began a ballistic descent.
Today the crew of two, Russian Aleksey Ovchinin and American Nick Hague, were forced to make a ballistic re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere; a wild ride that put them through higher G forces than expected and dropped the vehicle approximately 430 km from the launch site in Baikonur.
The crew reached the ground safely..
In 1975, a crewed Soyuz rocket suffered an in-flight failure, causing an abort 295 sec. after launch.
A few hours later, Roscosmos released a photo of Hague and Ovchinin safe and sound at a Kazakhstan airport where they were getting a medical checkup after the ordeal.
This morning, the first launch since the possible sabotage was discovered, Russia's Soyuz booster saw its first in-flight failure in recent memory, and the first manned rocket-related emergency in decades.
The International Space Station - a rare point of cooperation between Moscow and Washington - has been orbiting the Earth since 1998.
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The Russian Soyuz spacecraft is now the only vehicle for ferrying crews to the International Space Station following the retirement of the USA space shuttle fleet.
Hague and Ovchinin were shown being violently shaken in the vessel, and shortly thereafter the feed cut out - to be replaced with a look inside NASA's mission control room. He didn't say if he suspected any of the station's crew. Both men appear understandably disappointed in the wake of what they just experienced, and the realization that they won't be headed to the International Space Station any time soon. "A thorough investigation into the cause of the incident will be conducted", Bridenstine said in a statement.
"An accident with the booster, 2 minutes, 45 seconds".
The Russian space agency, Roscosmos, coordinated the launch, which had been planned for multiple years.
NASA coordinated a private event at Peabody's Coneburg Inn exclusively for Hague's extended family, sending astronaut Victor Glover to be a personal envoy to the family there.
Dzhezkazgan is about 450 kilometers (280 miles) northeast of Baikonur, and spacecraft returning from the ISS normally land in that region.
"If you abandon the space station, then there's no one there to fix things as they fail - and they'll eventually have a serious problem", he said.
Rogozin was flying to the scene of the emergency landing, the space agency said.