Booster rockets carrying a Soyuz spacecraft and crew to the International Space Station has been forced to make an emergency landing after failing in mid-air.
The booster was launched this morning (October 11) from Kazakhstan, carrying NASA astronaut Nick Hague and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos.
Just minutes after announcing the launch, NASA tweeted there had been an issue with the booster and stated the crew would be returning to Earth in a ‘ballistic descent mode’.
— Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) October 11, 2018
Updating the situation, NASA tweeted:
The Soyuz capsule is returning to Earth via a ballistic descent, which is a sharper angle of landing compared to normal. Search and rescue teams are heading towards the expected touchdown location of the spacecraft and crew.
Search and rescue teams report they are in contact with the Soyuz crew, who report they are in good condition. The teams are en route to the landing site. Live updates: https://t.co/mzKW5uDsTi pic.twitter.com/Z6RXKMKLfg
— NASA (@NASA) October 11, 2018
Though it is not yet clear where the capsule landed, NASA confirmed the Soyuz capsule had made a successful return to Earth with the two crew members in good condition.
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