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Soyuz rocket carrying crew to ISS malfunctions during launch

11 October 2018

Two astronauts from the USA and Russia are making an emergency landing after a Russian booster rocket carrying them into orbit to the International Space Station has failed after launch.

The space agency tweeted: "There's been an issue with the booster from today's launch".

According to local reports, the rocket has made an emergency landing in Kazakhstan, and the crew are alive.

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"Teams have been in contact with the crew".

Hague and Ovchinin will open the hatch to their spacecraft at 12:45 p.m. EDT (1645 GMT), when they will be greeted by their three Expedition 57 crewmates: NASA astronaut Serena M. Auñón-Chancellor, European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst and Russian cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev. A Reuters reporter who observed the launch from around half a mile away said it had gone smoothly in its initial stages and that the failure of the booster rockets must have occurred at higher altitude.

NASA confirmed the crew had landed safely back on earth at 8.23pm (AEST). NASA said search and rescue crews were en route to the projected landing site, expecting to arrive in about 90 minutes.

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

The Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft is seen moments after blastoff. Hague and Ovchinin will spend about six months living and working aboard the orbiting lab.

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