Astronauts safe after failed space launch

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BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) - Two astronauts from the U.S. and Russia are safe after making an emergency landing. A Russian booster rocket carrying them into orbit to the International Space Station failed after launch in Kazakhstan.

A senior Russian official say the country is suspending manned space launches pending a probe.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a statement NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Roscosmos' Alexei Ovchinin will be flown to the Cosmonaut Training Center outside Moscow.

He added that a "thorough investigation into the cause of the incident will be conducted."

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov told reporters that the Soyuz capsule automatically jettisoned from the booster when it failed 123 seconds after the launch.

This was the first space mission for Hague, who joined NASA's astronaut corps in 2013. Ovchinin spent six months on the station in 2016.

They were to dock at the orbiting outpost six hours after launch.



 
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