Washington,Oct 12: A US astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut,named Nick Hague and Alexey Ovchinin were forced to make an emergency landing after malfunction in their Russian Soyuz rocket .
They were heading for a six-month mission on the International Space Station when their flight was aborted.
According to the report in BBC, Nick Hague and Alexey Ovchinin had the smooth launch but after some 90 seconds into the flight, the US space agency NASA reported a problem with the booster rocket between the first and second stages separating.
Live footage of the astronauts showed them shaking violently with the vibrations caused by the malfunction. While looking into the current situation, US space agency NASA said, “The search and recovery teams have reached the Soyuz spacecraft landing site and report that the two crew members... are in good condition and are out of the capsule."
Reacting to it, Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov said that no further manned missions would take place until we believe that the entire situation guarantees safety. In recent years, Russia's space programme has faced a number of technical failures - 13 since 2010. Soyuz is one of the oldest designed rocket but also one of the safest ever. UNI