NASA says astronauts OK after emergency landing
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.