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Astronauts SURVIVE dramatic emergency landing after rocket fails during aborted mission to International Space Station

A ROCKET carrying two astronauts have to the International Space Station had to abort the mission after the boosters malfunctioned.

Russian Alexey Ovchinin and Tyler Hague from the US blasted off successfully from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan this morning.

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This rocket carrying two astronauts to the International Space Station had to abort its mission due to an ‘issue with the boosters’

The Soyuz MS-10 mission was due to dock at around 3pm but the two men are now understood to be heading back home.

NASA said there was an “issue with the booster” and the “crew is returning to Earth in a ballistic descent mode”.

Footage from inside the Soyuz apparently showed the two men being shaken around at moment they failed.

NASA has confirmed both men are in good condition after making an emergency landing.

 US astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin lifted off as scheduled from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan
US astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin lifted off as scheduled from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan
WATCH LIVE: Astronauts make an emergency landing after Russian Soyuz rocket malfunctioned on lift-off to the International Space Station
 The rocket began flying unsteadily after the boosters failed

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The rocket began flying unsteadily after the boosters failed
 NASA said the 'crew is returning to Earth' after the mission was aborted

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NASA said the ‘crew is returning to Earth’ after the mission was aborted

Witnesses said the launch was going smoothly in its initial stages and the problem must have occurred at high altitude.

Russian news agencies have said the crew had safely made an emergency landing and were in radio contact.

In a statement NASA said: “Search and rescue teams are in the air and heading towards the expected touchdown location for the Soyuz spacecraft returning to Earth carrying two crew members. “

They were on their way to the ISS for a relatively rare two-man mission which was due to last six months.

 Witnesses said the launch was going well in the initial stages

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Witnesses said the launch was going well in the initial stages
 Alexei Ovchinin, left, and Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques of the ISS Expedition

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Alexei Ovchinin, left, and Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques of the ISS Expedition
 The Soyuz MS-10 carrying Nick Hague and Alexey Ovchinin of Russia blasts off to the International Space Station

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The Soyuz MS-10 carrying Nick Hague and Alexey Ovchinin of Russia blasts off to the International Space Station
 Officials in mission control monitored the situation as the astronauts aborted the mission
Officials in mission control monitored the situation as the astronauts aborted the mission

It was the first time Hague, who became a NASA astronaut in 2013, had gone into space.

Ovchinin meanwhile spent six months at the ISS back in 2016.

Although diplomatic relations between Russia and the US are tense, the superpowers continue to cooperate in space exploration.


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