Astronauts to make emergency landing after booster rocket fails

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Soyuz crew reportedly alive after emergency landing

With Thursday's failed launch, just three people remain on the station, an American astronaut, Serena Auñón-Chancellor, the German Commander Alexander Gerst, and Russian Sergey Prokopyev.

The two crewmembers of the Russian MS-10 Soyuz capsule landed roughly 12 miles east of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, and were met by a search and recovery team, NASA said.

The astronauts were to dock at the International Space Station six hours after the launch, but the Soyuz booster suffered an unspecified failure and shut down minutes after the launch.

Even if the Soyuz spacecraft is cleared for launch before December, Hadfield said, it could end up carrying astronauts from Thursday's launch rather than the next scheduled crew.

Rescue crews then raced to the scene to retrieve them with reports of paratroopers parachuting to their landing spot. We await further word from the search and rescue team.

The crew returned to Earth in "ballistic descent mode", which is a sharper angle of landing compared to normal and during which they would have experienced high G forces.

Rescue crews are now heading towards the emergency landing site in the barren Kazakh steppe to provide support for the crew.

NASA released a statement after a Russian booster rocket on a mission to the International Space Station failed after launch. "But everything seems to be fine with the crew, we had good comms with them and they are OK".

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NASA has confirmed that Roscosmos has already created a commission to investigate the cause of the anomaly, although it doesn't expect its counterpart to hold a press conference today.

Two astronauts have landed safely in Kazakhstan after being forced to abort their mission to the International Space Station today.

The failure is a setback for the Russian space programme and the latest in a string of mishaps.

The three astronauts now on board the space station have been informed of the failed launch and their schedule for the day is being reshuffled, since they'll no longer be able to greet the incoming duo.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said he expected Russian President Vladimir Putin would be briefed on the incident.

The mission was supposed to be Hague's first trip into space, and Ovchinin's second six-month stay at the station.

If Soyuz launches are suspended for an extended period, one of the potential options would be to let the current crew return as planned and leave the station temporarily uncrewed.

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