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U.S., Russian Space Crew Heading Back To Earth After Booster Failure

U.S., Russian Space Crew Heading Back To Earth After 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 of Soyuz-FG rocket at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018.

"Shortly after launch, there was an issue with the booster".

But the members were forced to make an emergency landing after suffering a booster malfunction during launch in Kazakhstan. "We are told the rescue forces are in communication with Nick Hague and Alexei Ovchinin and we are hearing they are in good condition".

Nasa rookie astronaut Nick Hague and second-time flier Aleksey Ovchinin of the Russian space agency landed without injuries, the Interfax news agency reported.

The rocket was carrying USA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin.

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The rocket was en route to the International Space Station (ISS).

The capsule went into "ballistic descent mode" after the problem occurred, she said.

A duo of astronauts from the USA and Russian Federation has blasted off for a mission on the International Space Station. Following the launch, live coverage will resume near the end of their 6-hour voyage at 10 a.m. EDT (1400 GMT), as the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft prepares to dock at the station's Poisk module.

Ovchinin spent six months on the station in 2016.