Astronauts make emergency landing after rocket malfunction

Astronauts make emergency landing after rocket malfunction

Two astronauts from the USA and Russia were safe after an emergency landing Thursday in the steppes of Kazakhstan following the failure of a Russian booster rocket carrying them to the International Space Station.

"The emergency rescue system worked, the vessel was able to land in Kazakhstan ... the crew are alive", Roscosmos said in a tweet.

The rocket was carrying U.S. astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin.

The Kremlin confirmed the men had survived.

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

Graphic: Rising U.S. bond yields bring back Wall Street's sinking feeling
Investors see many of these countries as being vulnerable to higher USA interest rates, which can pull away investment dollars. The two-year yield rose to 2.88 percent from 2.87 percent, and the 30-year yield climbed to 3.38 percent from 3.37 percent.

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.

Search and rescue crews are on their way to the Soyuz capsule, and were likely to reach it by 11.30pm, NZ time.

It comes weeks after a hole was discovered in the International Space Station amid talk from the Russian space authorities of deliberate sabotage. Search and rescue crews are heading to the landing site. They were scheduled to dock with the space station later Thursday and spend six-months there.

The Soyuz-FG rocket booster which carries the Soyuz MS-10 capsule is pictured on its way to the International Space Station.

It's the first space mission for Hague, who joined NASA's astronaut corps in 2013.

Related Articles