(BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan) — Two astronauts from the U.S. and Russia were safe after an emergency landing Thursday in the steppes of Kazakhstan following the failure of a Russian booster rocket carrying them to the International Space Station.
Roscosmos and NASA said the three-stage Soyuz booster suffered an emergency shutdown of its second stage.
NASA said that rescue teams have reached Hague and Ovchinin and they’ve been taken out of the capsule and were in good condition.
Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin, who watched the launch together with NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, tweeted that a panel has been set up to investigate the cause of the booster failure.
In August, the International Space Station crew spotted a hole in a Russian Soyuz capsule docked to the orbiting outpost that caused a brief loss of air pressure before being patched.