Astronauts make emergency landing after rocket malfunction  10/11/2018 9:27:22 AM  2

Updated October 11, 2018 20:34:14

Two astronauts from the US and Russia have made an emergency landing after a Russian booster rocket carrying them into orbit to the International Space Station failed after launch, NASA says.

NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Roscosmos' Alexei Ovchinin lifted off as scheduled from the Russia-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan atop a Soyuz booster rocket.

They were to dock at the orbiting outpost six hours later, but the booster suffered a failure minutes after the launch.

Russian and US space officials said the crew made an emergency landing in Kazakhstan at an unspecified time. Search and rescue crews are getting ready to reach the expected landing site.

More to come.


Topics: spacecraft, astronomy-space, science-and-technology, air-and-space, russian-federation, united-states

First posted October 11, 2018 20:27:22

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