US, Russian astronauts safe after emergency landing

Astronauts from U.S. Russia make emergency landing in Soyuz rocket after booster fails

But roughly two minutes into the flight a booster rocket failed. "And it can absolutely humble you".

According to Nasa, initial reports are that the crew landed in good condition and got in contact with the space agency. The city is about 450 kilometers from the Russia's Baikonur space center, which Russian Federation operates through an agreement with the Republic of Kazakhstan.

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

He thanked the rescue force that arrived quickly to retrieve American Nick Hague and Russian Alexei Ovchinin from their capsule after an emergency landing. But it will need to be staffed before SpaceX or Boeing launches its crew capsules next year, Todd said. Parachutes helped slow the returning capsule.

The three astronauts now aboard the International Space Station were supposed to welcome two new roommates today, but an anomaly a few minutes after launch sent those crewmembers speeding back to Earth in an emergency landing. The cosmonauts safely escaped in that accident as well.

It was to be the first space mission for Hague, who joined NASA's astronaut corps in 2013.

On the orbiting space station, the three crew members were kept informed of the events on Earth.

Russia is now under pressure to prove its space program is safe and received a boost on Friday when NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said he had full confidence in Russian-made Soyuz rockets and expected US astronauts to fly on them again.

NASA's top official said it was unlikely the Russian rocket failure would speed up development of those rockets because work on them was already flat out, but said it underlined the need for the world to have more than one way of getting to the ISS.

The U.S. has been using Russian rockets to reach the ISS since the American space shuttle was retired seven years ago.

In August, the space station crew found a hole had been drilled in the Soyuz capsule that caused a brief loss of air pressure before being patched.

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Relations between Moscow and Washington have sunk to post-Cold War lows over conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, and allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential vote, but they have kept co-operating in space.

Sergei Krikalyov, the cosmonaut who heads the manned spaceflight program at Roskosmos, said that the next manned mission to the ISS had been scheduled for December "and we are still counting on that date", the state-run news agency TASS reported.

Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques had been scheduled to be on the launch of a Soyuz spacecraft on December 20.

Two astronauts from the USA and Russian Federation landed safely in the steppes of Kazakhstan after their Soyuz rocket failed two minutes after launch. A state commission has been established to investigate the incident. Dzhezkazgan is about 280 miles northeast of Baikonur, and spacecraft returning from the space station normally land in that region.

The politician has clashed with the USA, suggesting American astronauts should use trampolines instead of Russian rockets to reach the ISS after Washington imposed sanctions over Moscow's 2014 annexation of Crimea. Russian Federation stands to lose that monopoly with the arrival of SpaceX's Dragon and Boeing's Starliner crew capsules.

But the delay represents no danger to them, experts have said.

International Space Station commander Alexander Gerst says he is grateful two astronauts are doing well after an exceedingly rare and harrowing launch abort ended their journey toward the orbiting laboratory.

"We're tightening our seatbelts", Ovchinin said in the video.

"In other words, if there is a hiccup in one country's system, there is another country's system capable of maintaining the operation until the first country is ready to go again", he said. The Soyuz-MS spacecraft emergency rescue system worked properly.

The last time Moscow's space program had a crewed launch failure was during the Soviet era in 1983, when a Soyuz booster exploded.

September 27, 1983: A Soyuz rocket that was to carry Vladimir Titov and Gennady Strekalov to a Salyut space station caught fire in the final seconds of the countdown at Baikonur.

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