Rocket failure forces astronauts to make emergency landing

A Russian-American space crew have been forced to make an emergency landing in Kazakhstan after their Soyuz rocket suffered a failure shortly after launching from Russia’s Baikonur cosmodrome in one of the most serious space incidents in recent years.

Soyuz is currently the only rocket capable of sending astronauts to the space station, and US companies like Boeing and SpaceX will be unlikely to be ready to take astronauts into space until sometime next year.

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Soyuz rocket failure forces NASA astronaut, Russian cosmonaut to make emergency landing

A Russian Soyuz FG rocket carrying a veteran cosmonaut and a NASA astronaut on his first space flight blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Thursday for a trip to the International Space Station, but the booster suffered an apparent failure shortly after liftoff, forcing the crew to separate from the rocket and abort the climb to space.

NASA commentator Brandi Dean in NASA mission control at the Johnson Space Center in Houston reported the Soyuz MS-10 capsule had made an emergency landing after a "ballistic" descent, a normal but steeper-than-usual trajectory back to Earth.

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