A US astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut were forced to make an emergency landing after their Russian Soyuz rocket malfunctioned en route to the International Space Station.
Shortly after taking off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Nick Hague and Alexey Ovchinin reported a problem with the rocket’s booster.
The men were forced into a “ballistic descent”, with their capsule landing a few hundred miles north of Baikonur.
They were picked up by rescuers and luckily escaped any major injuries. It would have been an uncomfortable ride back to Earth. They would have experienced very sharp accelerations and decelerations on the return.
Russia said it was suspending any further manned flights, and an investigation into what went wrong had begun.
Soyuz is one of the oldest rocket designs but also one of the safest.