Two astronauts survived an emergency landing in Kazakhstan after the rocket taking them to the International Space Station failed in mid-flight.
The failure on Thursday was the latest in a long string of Russian rocket crashes.
The Soyuz M-10 rocket, carrying an American and a Russian, began to fall to Earth two minutes into the six-hour mission due to a “vehicle malfunction”.
The engines cut out, after which the Soyuz MS-10 spaceship holding Russian Alexey Ovchinin and American Nick Hague jettisoned from the drifting launch vehicle.
Three astronauts who were due to return from the ISS on the Soyuz MS-10 were told their trip home would be rescheduled. The crashed rocket had been carrying supplies, but the ISS has reserves for another six months.