Booster rockets carrying Soyuz spacecraft fail mid-air force emergency landing

Booster rockets carrying Soyuz spacecraft fail mid-air force emergency landing

Neither man needed medical treatment and NASA TV said both were fine.

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

Rescuers have reached the site of the Russian "Soyuz" spacecraft's emergency landing, Interfax and TASS news agencies reported on Thursday, citing military officials.

RIA news agency, citing its own source, reported that Russian Federation had made a decision to suspend all manned space launches following the "Soyuz" failure.

"We are in communication with the crew at this point and hearing they are in good condition", a NASA spokeswoman in Houston said on the space agency's live video feed of the launch.

International groups of astronauts often accompany each other to the International Space Station in joint launches.

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USA space agency NASA said Thursday that a Russian rocket carrying two astronauts to the International Space Station made an emergency landing.

The malfunction could cause a headache for NASA.

The rocket, with the Nasa astronaut Nick Hague and the cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin on board, took off from Kazakhstan at 09.47 British time, but suffered problems minutes after launch. The capsule's launch escape system pulled the crew away from the rocket seconds before the vehicle exploded.

How this will effect the current crew ISS crew-Expedition 57-and its schedule is now unknown. It can hold a crew of up to six people.

"Rescue services have been working since the first second of the accident", Rogozin wrote on Twitter.

The Russian Soyuz spacecraft is now the only vehicle for ferrying crews to the International Space Station following the retirement of the USA space shuttle fleet. "The crew is saved". The last one returned to Earth on October 4, carrying NASA astronauts Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold, and cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, after their 197-day mission in space.

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