Rocket failure forces crew to abort trip
A two-man crew bound for the International Space Station was forced to make an emergency landing when a Soyuz rocket failed shortly after blast-off on Thursday. The incident is a major setback for Russia’s beleaguered space industry.
US astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin were rescued without injury in Kazakhstan. The manned spacecraft incident is the first of its kind in Russia’s post-Soviet history.
The Russian space industry has suffered a series of problems in recent years, including the loss of a number of satellites and other spacecraft.
“The emergency rescue system worked, the vessel was able to land in Kazakhstan ... the crew are alive,” the Russian space agency Roscosmos said in a tweet.