A missile in the rocket accelerator that was to take two astronauts to the International Space Station forced an emergency landing. NASA has confirmed that both are well.
NASA astronaut Nick Hague and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin of Roscosmos are returning to Earth had to make an emergency landing about half an hour after the Russian Soyuz rocket that would take them to the International Space Station, accused of operating errors minutes after taking off towards space.
The US space agency has already confirmed the astronauts have landed in Kazakhstan, from where they left at 2:40 pm, 9:40 am in Lisbon, and that "they are well."
NASA used Twitter to announce that there were problems with the launch rocket and that "the teams are in communication with Russian partners to get more information on the issue with the launcher."
Shortly thereafter, the US agency indicated that NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin were "returning to Earth in a mode of ballistic descent." The Russian Soyuz capsule landed between 20 and 25 kilometers from Zhezkazgan in Kazakhstan.
The arrival at the International Space Station should take place six hours after takeoff, which would be a six-month mission.