Soyuz Space Crew Makes Emergency Landing After Terrifying Booster Failure

Cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin and NASA astronaut Nick Hague at the pre-launch ceremony in Kazakhstan

Cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin and NASA astronaut Nick Hague at the pre-launch ceremony in Kazakhstan

"A thorough investigation into the cause of the incident will be conducted", Bridenstine said in a statement.

"They're probably going to ground the Soyuz rockets for a while", said Dr Erik Seedhouse, an assistant professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. "Teams are working to obtain additional information from our Russian partners", NASA said, adding that Mission Control is in contact with the astronauts and it would take about an hour and a half to get to them.

The duo had lifted off from the Russian-operated Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

The incident came as the rocket was travelling about 7,563km/h, just 119 seconds into the voyage, according to NASA.

Thursday's failure was the first manned launch failure for the Russian space program since September 1983 when a Soyuz exploded on the launch pad.

"That relationship is strong, and whatever happens terrestrially, we've always been able to keep space exploration and discovery and science separate from whatever terrestrial disputes there may be", he said.

"That was a short flight".

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Russian Federation is now the only country taking crew to and from the ISS.

Interfax quoted a source as saying the crash meant the three people now aboard the space station - a German, a Russian and an American - would be stuck there at least until January.

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The Russian Soyuz rocket has malfunctioned on lift-off has landed safely in Kazahstan, Russian media report. "Today showed again what an wonderful vehicle the Soyuz is, to be able to save the crew from such a failure". Russia's Investigative Committee said it had opened a criminal investigation into the matter.

"Officials are now examining the launch site, documents are being seized", it said in a statement. The cosmonauts safely escaped in that accident as well.

The Soviet-designed Soyuz rocket is now the world's only lifeline to the International Space Station and the accident is expected to affect the work of the orbiting laboratory. -Russian cooperation in space.

In a bar in the small town of Peabody, Kan., in the middle of the night, astronaut Nick Hague's family huddled around television screens.

An undated handout photo made available by NASA showing a hole in a Russian spaceship docked at the ISS.

Manned space launches have been suspended pending an investigation.

Asked about the latest mishap, President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House he was "not worried" that American astronauts have to rely on Russian Federation to get into space.

Roscosmos say they are forming a commission to investigate the launch failure.

A recording of communications between the space station and NASA stated that Hague and Ovchinin had experienced 6.7 G's - about the same as Apollo astronauts felt during reentry, according to Air and Space magazine.

"It's a dramatic situation but it was possible to avoid a very much worse turn of events", he said in televised remarks.

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