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Two astronauts on board a Russian spacecraft have safely made an emergency landing after an issue during take-off.

The two men are said to be in 'good condition' following the incident this morning.

The Soyuz craft took off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at around 9:40am this morning.

It had been due to travel to the International Space Station.

However, there was a problem with the rocket's booster - forcing the crew to return to Earth in a 'ballistic descent mode', which is described as a "sharper angle of landing compared to normal".

NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian space agency Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin were on board.

Roscosmos tweet photos of the two astronauts after the incident:

In a statement, NASA said: “Search and rescue teams were deployed to the landing site. Hague and Ovchinin are out of the capsule and are reported to be in good condition.

"They will be transported to the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia outside of Moscow.

“NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and the NASA team are monitoring the situation carefully. NASA is working closely with Roscosmos to ensure the safe return of the crew." 

It adds that a 'thorough investigation' of the incident will be carried out.


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