Russian Space Crew Makes Emergency Landing

New Space Station Crew Launches Thursday Watch It Live

New Space Station Crew Launches Thursday Watch It Live

After their rescue, Hague and Ovchinin were set to be airlifted to a space flight training center outside of Moscow.

Roscosmos, a Russian state corporation, and NASA on Thursday said the three-stage Soyuz booster rocket, which propelled their landing capsule, suffered an emergency shutdown of its second stage.

A photograph posted on Twitter by NASA showed Ovchinin and Hague embracing their families after being transported back to the Baikonur site.

It's now unclear what's next for the astronauts - other than that they are being taken to the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia for evaluation. One of the pictures showed Hague smiling and another had him sitting next to Russia's space agency chief Dmitry Rogozin.

Both astronauts were said to be "alive" on Thursday morning, but their exact condition is not known - according to local Russian report.

The men are seen being shaken around as severe g-forces pummel them.

Relations between the US and Russian Federation have been very tense in recent years.

NASA and Roscosmos officials say they are launching an investigation into exactly what went wrong with the rocket and why.

The ballistic descent is a sharper angle of landing compared to normal, NASA said. "That means the crew will not be going to the International Space Station today". Luckily, the two astronauts on board - Alexey Ovchinin and Nick Hague - made it back to Earth safely, narrowly avoiding tragedy.

NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Roscosmos' Alexei Ovchinin landed in the steppes of Kazakhstan Thursday following the failure of a Russian booster rocket carrying them to the International Space Station. "A thorough investigation into the cause of the incident will be conducted", Bridenstine said in a statement.

Launched on October 11 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Soyuz MS-10 capsule carrying American astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin is now attempting an emergency landing following booster failure.

After blasting into the sky from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the crew was forced to make a risky "ballistic re-entry" into Earth's atmosphere. He added that Russian Federation will fully share all relevant information with the U.S.

USA astronaut Nick Hague, right and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin, member of the main crew of the expedition to the International Space Station (ISS), speak prior to the launch of Soyuz MS-10 space ship at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018.

After this morning's launch failed to reach orbit, the International Space Station is left with only three crewmembers aboard, commanded by German astronaut Alexander Gerst.

Search and rescue crews are heading to the landing site.

The Russian Soyuz MS-09 crew craft and the Northrop Grumman Cygnus space freighter attached to the International Space Station.

The rocket was launched was from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 0840 GMT (12.40pm UAE time).

Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin retained an enviable sang-froid Thursday as he realised while travelling at thousands of miles an hour that his spacecraft would have to make an emergency landing +.

Russian Soyuz are now the only vehicle used to carry astronauts to the orbiting Space Station, after the USA retired its space shuttle fleet. When Soyuz 33 suffered an engine failure before docking with the orbiting outpost, it not only deprived the Salyut 6 crew of additional members, but called into question the reliability of their own identical spacecraft. The first crewed flights would not take place until several months after that, unless the space agency is willing to take additional risks with those missions.