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Kansas native Nick Hague returns to Earth after rocket booster failure

Kansas native Nick Hague returns to Earth after rocket booster failure

USA astronaut Nick Hague, right, and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin, crew members of the mission to the International Space Station wave as they board the rocket prior to the launch.

The two astronauts landed about 12 miles east of the city of Dzhezkazgan in Kazakhstan, where - an hour and a half later - rescue crews reported the two were in good condition.

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.

Glover, the NASA astronaut at the bar, received word that the astronauts were making a "ballistic descent", a much steeper and faster return to Earth than what is ideal - but that search-and-rescue crews were in contact with the astronauts.

A United States and Russian astronaut were forced to make an emergency landing shortly after the mission got underway, with their Soyuz MS-10 suffered significant engine failures.

Hague and Ovchinin were to join the current three-person crew on the International Space Station to perform research experiments.

ABC News reported that Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov announced that all manned launches will be suspended until the investigation is complete and the cause of the rocket's failure can be pin-pointed.

Ovchinin spent six months on the station in 2016.

Dmitry Rogozin, a firebrand nationalist politician who this year was appointed by Putin to head Roscosmos, said a "thorough investigation" was needed after the failed launch.

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Both of the astronauts feel "good, as well as possible after experiencing such g-forces".

NASA says that two astronauts from the US and Russian Federation are in good condition after an emergency landing following booster rocket failure minutes after the launch.

Back in 2015 Progress spacecraft - unmanned transport spacecraft that sent supplies to the ISS - had problems on launchers similar to the Soyuz rocket that experienced problems on Thursday.

The Russian Soyuz spacecraft is now the only vehicle for ferrying crews to the space station following the retirement of the US space shuttle fleet.

Astronauts already on the International Space Station were preparing to welcome two new members to the satellite station, but have since changed their plans.

US astronaut Nick Hague, right and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin, member of the main crew of the expedition to the International Space Station (ISS), speak prior to the launch of Soyuz MS-10 space ship at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018.

The ability of the Russian-American crew to return safely after the latest mishap drew relief from senior Russian officials.

Questions are now likely to be asked about Russia's space program. In August, a hole appeared in a Soyuz capsule docked to the ISS that caused a brief loss of air pressure and had to be patched. 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.


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