U.S., Russian Space Crew Returns Safely To Earth After Booster Failure

A two-man Russian-American crew has returned to Earth in their Soyuz capsule in an emergency landing following a problem with the booster rocket shortly after a launch bound for the International Space Station.

Russian news agencies, citing sources, report that both Soyuz crew members are alive and uninjured after an emergency landing in Kazakhstan following the on-schedule launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

Search-and-rescue teams were headed to the area where the capsule was expected to come down for what a NASA TV announcer said was likely to be a “hard landing.”

The capsule went into “ballistic descent mode” after the problem occurred, she said.

Details are still coming in.

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With reporting by Interfax, Reuters, and RIA Novosti