Published: Thu, October 11, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

Soyuz crew reportedly alive after emergency landing

Soyuz crew reportedly alive after emergency landing

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

But they got into trouble and were forced to make an emergency exit.

The Russia Soyuz rocket was carrying a Russian and U.S. astronaut on board.

A Soyuz failure could jeopardize continued operation of the International Space Station. "The teams are en route to the landing site".

NASA had issued a worrying tweet on Thursday morning saying: 'There's been an issue with the booster from today's launch.

Russian news agencies, citing sources, report that both Soyuz crew members are alive and uninjured after an emergency landing in Kazakhstan following the on-schedule launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

"Teams have been in contact with the crew". The capsule jettisoned from the booster and went into a ballistic descent, landing at a sharper than normal angle.

Search and rescue teams were heading to the area to recover the crew. The first-stage of the Soyuz MS-10 launch appeared flawless until NASA reported the problem just as the crew reached orbit.

They were to dock at the International Space Station six hours later, but the booster suffered engine failure minutes after the launch.

A booster can fail for any number of reasons, including incorrect fuelling, mechanical faults, computer glitches and more.

The rocket is put into an emergency landing procedure in which the main module - holding all cargo and any astronauts on board - separates from the rocket early.

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