Two astronauts had to make an emergency landing Thursday after the rocket that was supposed to carry them to the International Space Station puttered out mid-flight.
With the failure of this launch, there are far-reaching consequences for the world's human space programs, and for those astronauts and cosmonauts now on board the International Space Station.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov told reporters that the Soyuz capsule automatically jettisoned from the booster when it failed 123 seconds after the launch from the Russia-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Glover, the NASA astronaut at the bar, received word that the astronauts were making a "ballistic descent", a much steeper and faster return to Earth than what is ideal - but that search-and-rescue crews were in contact with the astronauts.
United States astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin were rescued without injuries in Kazakhstan following the emergency landing earlier Thursday.
"The crew has landed". They were met by rescue teams in remote Kazakhstan more than 200 miles from their launchpad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome.
Russian Federation has continued to rely on Soviet-designed booster rockets to launching commercial satellites, as well as crews and cargo to the International Space Station.
A duo of astronauts from the USA and Russian Federation has blasted off for a mission on the International Space Station.
An undated handout photo made available by NASA showing a hole in a Russian spaceship docked at the ISS. He didn't say if he suspected any of the current crew - an American, a Russian and a German aboard the station. This is standard procedure, as they obviously don't want to launch another rocket and risk encountering the same issue.
It's been an interesting couple of months for Russia's space program. The crew were able to carry out repairs and return to Earth six days later.
They would have joined Commander Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency, NASA Flight Engineer Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Roscosmos Flight Engineer Sergey Prokopyev, who arrived at the ISS in June.
The three astronauts now on board the space station have been informed of the failed launch and their schedule for the day is being reshuffled, since they'll no longer be able to greet the incoming duo. If the booster fails again, at worst they will have only lost the hardware and no human life. "A thorough investigation into the cause of the incident will be conducted", Bridenstine said in a statement. This incident will likely delay the scheduled mission of Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques, who was set to fly to the space station in December.
Four helicopters have taken off from Kazakh bases to search for the Soyuz crew, according to RIA news agency citing local officials.