US and Russian crew of Soyuz spacecraft reported safe after being forced back down to Earth
A Russian-American space crew was forced to make an emergency landing in Kazakhstan after their Soyuz rocket suffered a failure shortly after launching from Russia’s Baikonur cosmodrome in one of the most serious space incidents in recent years.
The launch began as a routine affair. Missions bound for the International Space Station (ISS) have been conducted every few months for the past 20 years. But 119 seconds into T hursday’s flight, mission controllers on the Nasa broadcast began to speak of a failure.