It was a scary moment for two men heading off on a mission to the International Space Station when the booster rocket carrying them into orbit failed after launch and required an emergency landing. NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian Roscosmos astronaut Alexei Ovchinin were aboard the Soyuz booster rocket when something went very wrong.
LIFTOFF! Shooting into the sky at 4:40am ET, the Soyuz rocket carrying @AstroHague and Alexey Ovchinin leaves Earth on a four-orbit, six-hour journey to the @Space_Station. Watch: https://t.co/BjMDNrNorR pic.twitter.com/0Cfm0Uu2Jx— NASA (@NASA) October 11, 2018
NASA footage shows moment booster rocket fails shortly after launch, forcing two astronauts from the U.S. and Russia to make an emergency landing.— ABC News (@ABC) October 11, 2018
The crew is in good condition, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration says. https://t.co/CfAi18AyJw pic.twitter.com/LaqKs2SRCM
Luckily, the duo was able to make a safe landing in their capsule in Kazakhstan, and both are in good health.
.@AstroHague, right, and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin, left, embrace their families after landing in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Hague and Ovchinin arrived after a safe landing on Earth following a Soyuz booster failure during launch earlier. Look: https://t.co/MzoA9TOqXk pic.twitter.com/mZqIiL7RYi— NASA (@NASA) October 11, 2018
Astronaut Nick Hague of @NASA (left) is welcomed by NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine after landing safely in Kazakhstan following the failure of Soyuz rocket booster. https://t.co/tRYU6iFG7Q pic.twitter.com/0lqUb5RKo7— Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) October 11, 2018
.@AstroHague and Alexey Ovchinin are seen in Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan boarding a plane, continuing their return from the landing site where they safely returned to Earth after a Soyuz launch abort earlier today. Latest: https://t.co/5S8thLTejJ https://t.co/iTh700Tsyb— NASA (@NASA) October 11, 2018
Astronaut Reid Wiseman describes what the two may have been feeling during the launch abort procedure.
During a news conference today, @NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman (@Astro_Reid) describes what Exp 57 crew members Nick Hague (@AstroHague) and Alexey Ovchinin would have experienced during the launch abort procedure after their Soyuz rocket booster failed today. pic.twitter.com/uzWI0OTmlq— Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) October 11, 2018
Hague and Ovchinin were supposed to spend the next half year aboard the International Space Station, according to ABC News. An investigation into the incident is ongoing.