ISS crew in 'good condition' after failed space launch

American, Russian alive after Soyuz rocket headed to space station fails on launch

American, Russian alive after Soyuz rocket headed to space station fails on launch

Footage from inside the Soyuz had shown the two men being shaken around at the moment the failure occurred, with their arms and legs flailing.

The rocket was launched was from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 0840 GMT (12.40pm UAE time).

Two astronauts made an emergency landing after their Russian Soyuz rocket to the International Space Station malfunctioned during lift-off on Thursday.

Rescue crews raced to the scene to retrieve them from their landing spot, including paratroopers, helicopters and all-terrain vehicles, NASA said.

August 24, 2011: An onboard computer terminated a Soyuz flight about five minutes into the launch after detecting an engine failure, resulting in the loss of a Progress ship.

According to Nasa, the crew is returned to Earth inside the Soyuz capsule "in a ballistic descent mode".

Russian space chief Dmitry Rogozin said he was forming a state commission to investigate what caused the failure.

The mission was supposed to be Hague's first trip into space, and Ovchinin's second six-month stay at the station. The agency said the rescue crews were preparing to return them to Moscow, and Roscosmos released still images of the two crew members receiving medical evaluation in Kazakhstan.

Hague was originally scheduled to participate in spacewalks in the coming weeks to replace batteries on the outside of the space station.

-Russian crew to the International Space Station failed during its ascent Thursday (Oct. 11), sending its crew capsule falling back toward Earth in a ballistic re-entry, NASA officials said.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov said all manned launches will be suspended pending an investigation into the cause of the failure.

Family members breathlessly awaited the result of the rocket launch, the culmination of a childhood dream for Hague, a 43-year-old Hoxie native and U.S. Air Force colonel. "Search and rescue teams are heading towards the expected touchdown location of the spacecraft and crew", tweeted NASA. Today it has been shown again how great the Soyuz is: despite a misstart, the crew was safely brought back to Earth.

Now, American companies SpaceX and Boeing are working to launch their first crewed missions to space.

Former military pilots Ovchinin and Hague were set to join Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency, NASA's Serena Aunon-Chancellor and Sergey Prokopyev of Roscosmos following a six-hour flight.

It was the first serious launch problem experienced by a manned Soyuz space mission since 1983 when a fire broke out at the base of the booster rocket while the crew was preparing for lift-off.

While Russian rockets had earned a stellar reputation for their reliability in the past, a string of failed launches in recent years has called into doubt Russia's ability to maintain the same high standards of manufacturing.

"The crew is alive and is landing in Kazakhstan", Interfax quoted an unnamed source as saying.

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