Space­ship crash-lands

The West Australian - - WORLD -

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.

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