US astronaut Nick Hague, right and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin, member of the main crew of the expedition to the International Space Station (ISS), walk prior to the launch of Soyuz MS-10 space ship at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018.
More details on the status of Hague and Ovchinin when they come in.
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, who watched the launch at Baikonur along with his Russian counterpart, said that a "thorough investigation into the cause of the incident will be conducted". "We've made a lot of good things happen", he said. Bridenstine attended the launch at Kazakhstan's Baikonur cosmodrome with Rogozin as part of an effort to mend relations between the two space superpowers strained by NASA's Commercial Crew Program. "Search and rescue teams are en route to the landing location and we await further updates", said NASA in a statement.
Doomed: The rocket booster with space ship blasts offabout.
The descent was sharper than usual meaning the crew was subjected to a greater G-force, but they have been prepared for this scenario in training, the commentator said.
"That is a landing mode we've seen before", the commentator said.
"That was a short flight".
Something went wrong during the separation of the booster and the capsule containing the two crew members started tumbling back down to earth, violently shaking the men.
Rescue workers reached the site of the emergency landing and evacuated Ovchinin and Hague. Both are safe after parachuting back to the ground.
Russian Federation is now the only country taking crew to and from the ISS.
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.
Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin retained an enviable sang-froid Thursday as he realised while travelling at thousands of miles an hour that his spacecraft would have to make an emergency landing +.
This is the first time a Soyuz craft has failed.
"Officials are now examining the launch site, documents are being seized", it said in a statement.
"The crew landed", Dmitry Rogozin, director of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, said on Twitter. William Harwood of CBS reports that the ISS crew was scheduled to return on December 13, though they have the ability to stay in orbit longer if required. Soviet cosmonauts Vladimir Titov and Gennady Strekalov jettisoned and landed safely near the launch pad, surviving without injuries. The mission would have been Hague's first space flight.
A spokeswoman for the Canadian Space Agency said Thursday it has not received any information about Saint-Jacques' mission and doesn't yet know what the impact will be on his impending launch.
NASA mothballed the Space Shuttle program in 2011, and since then has been paying Russian Federation tens of millions of dollars to send their astronauts to the ISS.
Roscosmos has ordered the setting up of a state commission to investigate the incident and a criminal investigation is also expected.