The capsule of the Russian Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft with one Russian cosmonaut and one U.S. astronaut on board made an emergency landing in Kazakhstan Thursday after the carrier rocket malfunctioned shortly after lift-off, the Russian state space corporation Roscosmos said.
The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz MS-10 space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. Two astronauts from the U.S. and Russia are making an emergency landing after a Russian booster rocket carrying them into orbit to the International Space Station has failed after launch. [Photo: AP/Dmitri Lovetsky]
Search and rescue teams are rushing to the landing location and they have established contact with the crew, it said in a statement, adding that Roscosmos general director Dmitry Rogozin is also heading to the touchdown site.
"Search and rescue teams report they are in contact with the Soyuz crew, who report they are in good condition," NASA said on Twitter.
The Soyuz crew consists of Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin and NASA astronaut Nick Hague.
The malfunction occurred minutes after the carrier rocket blasted off at 11:40 a.m. Moscow time (0840 GMT) from Kazakhstan's Baikonur Cosmodrome for the International Space Station.