The two-man crew of a Soyuz rocket made a successful emergency landing Thursday after an engine problem on lift-off to the International Space Station, in a major setback for the beleaguered Russian space industry.
US astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin were rescued without injuries in Kazakhstan.
“The emergency rescue system worked, the vessel was able to land in Kazakhstan… the crew are alive,” the Russian space agency Roscosmos said in a tweet.
AFP / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV The rocket was launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan
The pair are in contact with ground control, the space agency said.
Over the past few years the Russian space industry has suffered a series of problems including the loss of a number of satellites and other spacecraft.
The rocket was launched was from the Baikonur cosmodrome in…
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