Dramatic Footage Shows Moment Inside Soyuz Capsule When Booster Rocket Failed

Roscosmos, a Russian state corporation, and NASA on Thursday said the three-stage Soyuz booster rocket, which propelled their landing capsule, suffered an emergency shutdown of its second stage.

For years, since NASA's final shuttle mission launched in 2011, the US has relied on Russian rockets to send astronauts to the International Space Station, which is largely funded by America taxpayer dollars.

The Soyuz FG rocket used in the launch malfunctioned just two minutes after liftoff in Kazakhstan.

The capsule jettisoned from the booster and went into a ballistic descent, landing at a sharper than normal angle.

A search-and-rescue team has reached the landing site, both crewmembers are in good condition and have left the Soyuz capsule as of 6:10 a.m. EDT, NASA spokesperson Brandi Dean said during live television commentary.

The astronauts were flown by helicopter to Dzhezkazgan and then by plane to Baikonur.

"The boys have landed", Mission Control assured the International Space Station crew.

A few hours later, Roscosmos released a photo of Hague and Ovchinin safe and sound at a Kazakhstan airport where they were getting a medical checkup after the ordeal.

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A Canadian astronaut's scheduled trip to the International Space Station is in limbo after the spacecraft he was to use failed and made an emergency landing in Kazakhstan.

The International Space Station in orbit above Earth.

The mission was supposed to be Hague's first trip into space, and Ovchinin's second six-month stay at the station. "That means the crew will not be going to the International Space Station today". China has a human space flight capability, but it has no crew missions planned before 2020, and NASA is barred by Congress from working with the Chinese Space Agency.

Returning to Earth in a Soyuz capsule is no walk in the park on a good day. He added that a "thorough investigation into the cause of the incident will be conducted". It has a design life of only 215 days, any longer than that and the vehicle's corrosive propellants will degrade their tanks. Russian officials have also insisted on a bigger role in a USA -led plan to build a space station orbiting the moon.

Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Russian space agency Roscosmos, tweeted shortly after the incident that a commission of inquiry had already begun work on figuring out the cause, by studying telemetry data from the craft.

ABC News reported that Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov announced that all manned launches will be suspended until the investigation is complete and the cause of the rocket's failure can be pin-pointed.

He and Ovchinin were due to join Expedition 57 Commander Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency, NASA Flight Engineer Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Roscosmos Flight Engineer Sergey Prokopyev on the ISS.

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