In an emergency ballistic re-entry, a Russian Soyuz rocket fell back to Earth, from its failed ascent, that was carrying a Russian-US crew of two to the International Space Station. NASA officials said the Soyuz rocket and its Soyuz MS-10 space capsule launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan October 11, 2018, at about 4:47 AM EST.
US astronaut Nick Hague and cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin were aboard, with plans to join the three-person Expedition 57 crew already at the International Space Station. But within a few minutes of lift off, a problem developed, which sent the Soyuz capsule into its ballistic re-entry.
NASA officials stated there was a problem with booster separation, causing the capsule to fall back to Earth. Both crew members had a rough, but safe landing about 12 miles east of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan. A search and rescue team reached the landing site, and found both crew members in good condition. They left the Soyuz capsule by 6:10 AM EST.
Hague and Ovchinin were being taken from their emergency landing site to Moscow, where they will be examined. NASA stated safety and well-being of crew members is always the highest priority, and both men will be completely checked out in Moscow prior to returning home.
Officials stated a commission in Russia has been created to investigate the failure. NASA is closely monitoring the situation, and will release additional details, as they are discovered.