Rocket carrying Russian, US space station crew fails in mid air, crew safe

BAIKONUR COSMODROME, Kazakhstan – The two-man US-Russian crew of a Soyuz spacecraft en route to the International Space Station (ISS) survived a dramatic emergency landing in Kazakhstan on Thursday (Oct 11) when their rocket failed in mid-air.

US astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin landed safely without harm and rescue crews who raced to locate them on the Kazakh steppe quickly linked up with them, Nasa, the US space agency, and Russia’s Roscosmos said.

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