Russian Soyuz spacecraft launch fails, crew alive

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The capsule of the Russian Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft with one Russian cosmonaut and one U.S. astronaut on board made an emergency landing in Kazakhstan Thursday after the carrier rocket malfunctioned shortly after lift-off, the Russian state space corporation Roscosmos said.

Search and rescue teams are rushing to the landing location and they have established contact with the crew, it said in a statement, adding that Roscosmos general director Dmitry Rogozin is also heading to the touchdown site.

"Search and rescue teams report they are in contact with the Soyuz crew, who report they are in good condition," NASA said on Twitter.

The Soyuz crew consists of Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin and NASA astronaut Nick Hague.

The malfunction occurred minutes after the carrier rocket blasted off at 11:40 a.m. Moscow time (0840 GMT) from Kazakhstan's Baikonur Cosmodrome for the International Space Station. 

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