Soyuz MS-10 crew abort mission to ISS after booster failure (FULL)

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Published on 11 Oct 2018, 12:05
UPDATE: There has been a booster failure aboard the Soyuz MS-10 mission to the ISS. The crew has aborted the mission to the ISS and have begun an emergency descent.

UPDATE: Roscosmos has cut their feed. This is NASA's feed from Mission Control, Houston.

UPDATE: The Soyuz spacecraft has returned to Earth. Emergency crews will arrive around 11:30 GMT.

UPDATE: Crew is in communications with the rescue teams.

UPDATE Roscosmos Twitter: the ship landed in Kazakhstan along the flight route. The crew of the ship is alive and got in touch! Rescuers have already moved to the search and evacuation

UPDATE: NASA says crew would've experienced slightly more G-forces during their emergency landing due to a sharper angle of descent, but it's something they've trained for.

UPDATE: NASA: the Soyuz landed roughly 20km east of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan.

UPDATE: You can watch the engine failure in this stream. Scroll back for launch.

UPDATE: NASA - "The search and rescue teams have reached the Soyuz spacecraft landing site and report that the two crew members are in good condition and are out of the capsule."

08:40 GMT/ 03:40 CT - launch
1444 GMT/ 09:44 CT - docking

TWO astronauts have survived a dramatic emergency landing after the boosters on their rocket failed en route to the International Space Station.

Russian Alexey Ovchinin and American Tyler Hague are said to be in good condition following their botched launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan this morning.

The Soyuz MS-10 mission was due to dock at the ISS around 3pm but the two men had to abort the mission shortly after launching.

NASA said there was an "issue with the booster" and the crew was "returning to Earth in a ballistic descent mode".

Footage from inside the Soyuz apparently shows the two men being shaken around violently at the moment of the malfunction.

NASA has confirmed both men are in good condition after making an emergency landing.

Witnesses said the launch was going smoothly in its initial stages and the problem must have occurred at high altitude.

Russian news agencies report the crew safely made an emergency landing and were in radio contact.

In a statement NASA said: "Search and rescue teams are in the air and heading towards the expected touchdown location for the Soyuz spacecraft returning to Earth carrying two crew members. "

Meanwhile Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters: "Thank God the crew is alive."

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