Russian Soyuz rocket malfunctions, makes emergency landing

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Family members breathlessly awaited the result of the rocket launch, the culmination of a childhood dream for Hague, a 43-year-old Hoxie native and U.S. Air Force colonel.

Russian news agencies reported that the crew had safely made an emergency landing and were in radio contact and that rescuers were en route to pick them up.

NASA said that rescue teams have reached Hague and Ovchinin and they've been taken out of the capsule and were in good condition.

A spokeswoman for the Canadian Space Agency said Thursday it has not received any information about Saint-Jacques' mission and doesn't yet know what the impact will be on his impending launch. Everything had been going quite smoothly for Roscosmos ahead of the freaky hole discovered in one of their Soyuz spacecraft which was (and still is) attached to the International Space Station.

What went wrong and what comes next remain to be determined.

Ballistic descent subjects astronauts to a heavy g-load and is only used in emergencies.

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

The US now only has access to the space station via Russia's Soyuz rocket, which is normally dependable.

Watch News 6 and stay with ClickOrlando.com for updates. The capsule landed about 20 kilometres east of the city of Dzhezkazgan in Kazakhstan.

Those precious few minutes of elation in Peabody quickly turned into an agonizing wait, as NASA confirmed there had been a booster problem with the rocket and the crew had to make an emergency exit. Helicopters have already dispatched to look for the Soyuz space capsule, she said.

The doomed booster left Earth behind at 4:40 AM ET today (Oct. 11), and everything seemed fine for the first several minutes. He said failsafe systems operated properly by detaching the astronauts' capsule from the rocket and returning them to the ground. The crew has now touched down in Kazakhstan, where they are being attended by search and rescue personnel. "NASA is working closely with Roscosmos to ensure the safe return of the crew". NASA tentatively plans to send its first crew to the ISS using a SpaceX craft instead of a Soyuz next April. "A thorough investigation into the cause of the incident will be conducted".

An American and a Russian spaceflier are in good shape after they were forced to abort their trip to the International Space Station due to a rocket anomaly, but today's scary launch has cast a pall over orbital operations going forward.

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