BREAKING: Astronauts Are Safe After Emergency Landing of Russian Rocket ‘Soyuz’ Carrying Crew to ISS (Photos + Video) – UPD

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A Russian rocket Soyuz carrying US astronaut and Russian cosmonaut to the International Space Station failed during its ascent Thursday (Oct. 11), NASA officials said. 

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Source: AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky

What we know so far

Updated 09:07

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, who watched the launch at Baikonur along with his Russian counterpart, tweeted that Hague and Ovchinin are in good condition. He added that a “thorough investigation into the cause of the incident will be conducted.”

Live video transmitted by NASA and Roscosmos suggested that all went as planned.

“The rocket lifted off absolutely as normal,” said AFP photographer Kirill Kudryavtsev, who was watching at Baikonur and has covered the space launches many times.

“But after the first stage separation, I had a sense that there was something like a flash.”

“An accident with the booster, 2 minutes, 45 seconds,” the voice of Ovchinin could be heard saying calmly immediately afterwards. NASA said there had been a “failure of the booster.”

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Source: AP Photo

The incident came as the rocket was travelling about 4,700 miles (7,563 kilometres) per hour, 119 seconds into the voyage, NASA said.

Ovchinin, who was the commander of the Soyuz space craft, said they felt that they were already in weightlessness.

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Source: AP Photo

Updated 07:03

Astronauts on board a Soyuz rocket heading to the International Space Station survived an emergency landing and now in safe.

“The crew landed,” Dmitry Rogozin, director of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, said on Twitter. “All are alive.”

The pair was taken to the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, outside the Russian capital, Moscow, NASA said.

Here’s the first video of the astronauts after the failure launch:

What happened

Two astronauts from the U.S. and Russia has blasted off for a mission on the International Space Station on Thursday (Oct. 11) but failed.

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Source: AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky, Pool

 Shortly after launch, there was an issue with the booster. 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.

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Source: Reuters

During the live broadcast of the launch, narration from mission control suggested that the booster failed to separate from the Soyuz capsule.

NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Roscosmos’ Alexei Ovchinin lifted off as scheduled at 2:40 p.m. (0840 GMT; 4:40 a.m. EDT) Thursday from the Russia-leased Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan atop a Soyuz booster rocket.

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Source: REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

NASA has confirmed it is in contact with the crew aboard the capsule and says it will take about an hour and a half for a crew on the ground to meet up with the astronauts once they land.

“Confirming again that the today’s Soyuz MS10 launch did go into a ballistic re-entry mode a little bit after its launch around 3:47 a.m Central Time (4:47 a.m. EDT/0847 GMT),” NASA spokesperson Brandi Dean said during live television commentary. “That means the crew will not be going to the International Space Station today. Instead they’ll be taking a sharp landing, coming back to Earth.”

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Source: Yuri Kochetkov, Pool Photo via AP

The Soyuz spacecraft was expected to dock at the orbiting outpost six hours later.

The two were meant to join Expedition 57 Commander Alexander Gerst of ESA (European Space Agency, NASA Flight Engineer Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Roscosmos Flight Engineer Sergey Prokopyev, who arrived at the station in June. The crew members of Expedition 57 work on hundreds of experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science and Earth science aboard the International Space Station, humanity’s only permanently occupied microgravity laboratory.

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Breaking: Russian Rocket 'Soyuz' Carrying US-Russian Crew to ISS Fails During Launch and Now Falling Back to Earth
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A Russian rocket Soyuz carrying US astronaut and Russian cosmonaut to the International Space Station failed during its ascent Thursday (Oct. 11), NASA officials said. 
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