Astronauts to make emergency landing after booster rocket fails


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

KAZAKHSTAN -Two astronauts from the US and Russia made an emergency landing early Thursday morning when a Russian rocket booster that was taking them to the International Space Station failed after launch.

A Soyuz rocket carrying crew members to the International Space Station (ISS) malfunctioned during a launch in Kazakhstan.

Russian Federation has promised to share all relevant information with the US.

The occupants of the capsule located at the tip of the rocket were scheduled to undertake a six-hour journey to the International Space Station (ISS), where they would meet Expedition 57 crewmates Alexander Gerst, Serena M. Auñón-Chancellor, and Sergey Valerievich.

Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin, left and NASA astronaut Nick Hague walk to the van that carried them to their rocket at the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on October 11, 2018.

An "anomaly" with the booster led to the launch being aborted, NASA later said.

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NASA also added that the crew is in good condition.

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.

What happens next: NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine tweeted a statement in which he confirmed that the crew was safe and that NASA was monitoring the situation carefully. The current crew of three arrived at the station in June on Soyuz MS-09 and, with the craft only having a six-month orbital lifespan, must return in December or January at the latest. NASA's own transportation system, the commercial crew vehicles under development by SpaceX and Boeing, have yet to take uncrewed test flights to the station, and those are unlikely to occur before early 2019.

Roscosmos is forming a state commission to investigate the incident, Dean said.

Video footage from the launch at the Baikonur Cosmodrome shows a large plume of smoke coming from the rocket at the moment it failed and footage from inside the capsule shows the two astronauts being violently shaken about. "The ISS crew members now in-orbit have been notified of the launch contingency".

A source in the Russian space agency said that rescue workers had reached the crew. "The teams are en route to the landing site".