U.S., Russian Astronauts Make Emergency Landing After Failed Space Launch

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. They were scheduled to dock with the space station later Thursday and spend six-months there.

A booster rocket carrying a Soyuz spacecraft with a Russian and a U.S. astronaut onboard headed for the worldwide space station failed in mid-air on Thursday, forcing the crew to make an emergency landing.

A capsule carrying the crew of a Russian Soyuz rocket that malfunctioned on lift-off has landed safely in Kazakhstan, Russian media report.

Citing Russian military sources, it said four Mi-8 helicopters had been seen heading for the landing site via Kazakh airports. The launch appeared to be normal until around first stage separation, when the crew reported a "failure" with the booster and feeling weightlessness.

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The space agency tweeted: "There's been an issue with the booster from today's launch".

Search and rescue teams reported they were in contact with the Soyuz crew, who said they were in good condition.

A duo of astronauts from the US and Russian Federation has blasted off for a mission on the International Space Station.

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