NASA astronaut, Russian cosmonaut make emergency landing after Soyuz rocket failure

U.S. astronaut Nick Hague right and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin crew members of the mission to the International Space Station wave as they board the rocket prior to the launch of Soyuz-FG rocket at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome Kazakhs

Two astronauts from the United States and Russian Federation are in good condition after a booster failed and they were forced to make an emergency landing.

USA and Russian officials said the crew was heading for an emergency landing in Kazakhstan at an unspecified time.

NASA says that two astronauts from the US and Russian Federation are in good condition after an emergency landing following booster rocket failure minutes after the launch.

The Kremlin confirmed the men had survived.

Russian and USA space officials said that the crew is heading for an emergency landing in Kazakhstan at an unspecified time.

The rocket was launched from the Soviet-era cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

After the malfunction they were forced to return to Earth in a process known as a "ballistic re-entry", during which they experienced forces of up to 7G.

The space agency later tweeted that search and rescue teams were headed to site where the astronauts were expected to land.

A Soyuz failure could jeopardize continued operation of the International Space Station.

A statement issued by NASA said: "The Soyuz MS-10 launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station at 4:40 a.m. EDT Thursday, October 11 (2:40 pm in Baikonur)". The launch appeared to be normal until around first stage separation, when the crew reported a "failure" with the booster and feeling weightlessness.

"Teams have been in contact with the crew". Hague and Ovchinin will spend about six months living and working aboard the orbiting lab.

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

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