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Soyuz crew reportedly alive after emergency landing

11 October 2018, 01:19 | Justin Tyler

Two astronauts are alive after dramatically aborting their voyage to the International Space Station when their Russian Soyuz rocket malfunctioned.

Riding atop a Russian Soyuz rocket, the rookie NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin will launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 4:40 a.m. EDT (0840 GMT; 2:40 p.m. Kazakhstan time).

Nasa said there was an "issue with the booster" and the "crew is returning to Earth in a ballistic descent mode". Search and rescue crews are getting ready to reach the expected landing site.

It comes weeks after a hole was discovered in the International Space Station amid talk from the Russian space authorities of deliberate sabotage.

The US space agency Nasa said there was an "issue with the booster".

Russian news agencies, citing sources, report that both Soyuz crew members are alive and uninjured after an emergency landing in Kazakhstan following the on-schedule launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.


Search and rescue teams were heading to the area to recover the crew.

Ovchinin spent six months on the station in 2016.

The Soyuz MS-10 rocket had four boosters strapped to its central core.

For Hague, the aborted launch would have been his first trip into space.

The pair was set to dock at the orbiting outpost six hours after launch, but the booster rocket failed minutes after launch.



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