Two astronauts from the US and Russia have made an emergency landing after a booster rocket carrying them to the International Space Station failed.
Nick Hague and Alexei Ovchinin lifted off from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on a Soyuz booster rocket.
They were due to dock at the orbiting outpost six hours later but the booster suffered a failure minutes after the launch.
The Russian space agency said astronauts were in good condition after emergency landing in Kazakhstan.
The failure is the latest mishap for the Russian space programme, which has been dogged by a string of launch problems.
‘Thank God, the crew is alive,’ Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters when it became clear that the crew had landed safely.
Relations between Moscow and Washington have sunk to post-Cold War lows over the crisis in Ukraine, the war in Syria and allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential vote, but the two countries have maintained co-operation in space.
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