NASA says as­tro­nauts OK af­ter emergency land­ing

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - Milwaukee Wisconsin -

An Amer­i­can and a Rus­sian as­tro­naut made an emergency land­ing Thurs­day af­ter the Rus­sian rocket they were aboard mal­func­tioned en route to the International Space Sta­tion.

NASA said its as­tro­naut Nick Hague and Alexei Ov­chinin, of the Rus­sian space agency Roscos­mos, were in good con­di­tion and out of the cap­sule that car­ried them back to Earth.

The two landed about 12 miles east of the Kazakh city of Dzhezkaz­gan.

The as­tro­nauts lifted off as sched­uled at 4:40 a.m. ET from the Baikonur cos­mod­rome in Kaza­khstan atop a Soyuz booster rocket. They were to dock at the ISS six hours later, but the three­stage Soyuz booster suf­fered an un­spec­i­fied fail­ure of its se­cond stage.

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