Just two minutes after liftoff, the crew of the Soyuz MS-10 found themselves in a situation that every astronaut since the beginning of the manned space program has trained for, but very few have ever had to face: a failure during launch.
Because the Soyuz spacecraft did not reach orbit at the point of this booster failure, the crew was forced to make a rapid ballistic descent likely under high g-forces. Dzhezkazgan is about 280 miles northeast of Baikonur. Soviet cosmonauts Vladimir Titov and Gennady Strekalov jettisoned and landed safely near the launch pad, surviving without injuries. But the emergency ballistic landing was executed properly, and rescue teams pre-deployed along the Soyuz's flight path went into action quickly.
They were to dock at the International Space Station six hours later, but the booster suffered engine failure minutes after the launch.
Russian Federation has continued to rely on Soviet-designed booster rockets to launching commercial satellites, as well as crews and cargo to the International Space Station.
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While the rocket would normally be carrying three people, the third space was instead used for cargo to be taken up to the space station.
Hague and Ovchinin were shown being violently shaken in the vessel, and shortly thereafter the feed cut out - to be replaced with a look inside NASA's mission control room. He didn't say if he suspected any of the current crew - an American, a Russian and a German aboard the station.
In recent years, Russia's space programme has faced a number of technical failures - 13 since 2010.
Russian space agency Roscosmos has released photographs of both astronauts being checked over after their abrupt landing. Russian officials have also insisted on a bigger role in a US -led plan to build a space station orbiting the moon.
Russian space chief Dmitry Rogozin said he was forming a state commission to investigate what caused the failure. The capsule the two were in was a Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft. "Teams are working with our Russian partners to obtain more information about the issue with the booster from today's launch", the USA agency said.
Rockets use boosters to provide the thrust they need to launch from Earth and breech the atmosphere. The space agency recently announced the nine astronauts that will crew the test flights and first missions of the SpaceX Crew Dragon and Boeing CST-100 Starliner spacecraft.