Astronauts forced to escape malfunctioning Soyuz rocket

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Astronauts Nick Hague and Alexey Ovchinin have been forced to return to Earth in "ballistic descent mode" after their Soyuz rocket’s booster malfunctioned shortly after launch, NASA announced Thursday.

"The Soyuz capsule is returning to Earth via a ballistic descent, which is a sharper angle of landing compared to normal," the agency tweeted. "Search and rescue teams are heading towards the expected touchdown location of the spacecraft and crew."

The Soyuz capsule has landed back on Earth carrying two crew members. Search and rescue teams are in contact with the crew and are en route to the landing location. Live updates: https://t.co/mzKW5uDsTi pic.twitter.com/G3IuAztH6O

— NASA (@NASA) October 11, 2018 Read more…

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