Emergency Landing for Astronauts as Rocket Fails

Emergency Landing for Astronauts as Rocket Fails

A US and Russian astronaut have made an emergency landing following a rocket failure on a mission to the International Space Station.

Shortly after lift-off, the Soyuz rocket was reported to have suffered significant engine failures - an unprecedented mishap for the Russian space programme.

Despite the issue affecting the booster rocket, NASA's Nick Hague and Roscosmos' Alexey Ovchinin are alive and have touched down in Kazakhstan.

They landed about 12 miles east of the city of Dzhezkazgan, and officials from Russia's space agency said rescue workers have managed to reach the crew - who are now understood to be out of the capsule.

All Russian manned space launches have been suspended after the incident, according to Russia's RIA news agency.

The Russian deputy prime minister said they hoped the US would be "understanding" about the Soyuz indent, according to reports.

The ISS crew members currently in orbit have been "notified of the launch contingency", a NASA spokesperson added.

A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin said: "Thank god, the crew is alive."

Source: Sky News