Soyuz MS-10 Launch Fails Due to Booster Issue Seeing Astronauts Returned to Earth

The ship had on board a NASA astronaut and a Roscosmos cosmonaut. Search and rescue teams have been deployed in the air to ensure the crew's safe return.

A Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 4:40 a.m. EDT (2:40 p.m. Kazakhstan time) but failed to complete its journey due to a booster issue.

The ship was meant to send two astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS): NASA's Nick Hague, who was on his first space mission, and Russian space agency Roscosmos' Alexey Ovchinin, who was on his second mission.

The mission, though, was abruptly thwarted when an issue arose with the booster. Viewers of the live webcast held their breaths while writing messages of support for the cosmonauts on board the craft.

An abrupt return to Earth

The journey will have to be rescheduled as the two new ISS members are now on their way back to Earth on a ballistic descent mode, a sharper angle of landing compared to normal. Meanwhile, search and rescue teams have been deployed in the air to ensure the astronauts' safety.

The cosmonauts were supposed to join Expedition 57 Commander Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency, NASA Flight Engineer Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Roscosmos Flight Engineer Sergey Prokopyev.

AstroHague

Hague is the first member of the class of 2013 to fly to space and is also a colonel in the US Air Force. The accomplished and excited NASA astronaut, who goes by the Twitter handle Astrohague, had been tweeting about his first space journey in anticipation.

NASA had said Expedition 57 will continue the work on hundreds of experiments already underway in the orbiting laboratory.

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These include research "in biology, biotechnology, physical science and Earth science." Many experiments on the ISS take advantage of the space station's unique and key microgravity environment.

Both new members of the laboratory were supposed to stay on the orbital station to conduct research for six months. Just last week, ISS crew members collected saliva and blood samples for an ambient return aboard the 54S Soyuz spacecraft, performed plant thinning as a part of the Plant Habitat-1 investigation and more.

* Update: the Soyuz capsule has landed on Earth and the astronauts are reported to be in good condition.

IE wishes the astronauts a safe return and will update this story as it unfolds.