Since Soyuz is now the single crew-capable capsule, no astronaut will be heading to the ISS for a while, meaning the crew now on the station has no way of returning back to Earth. 2018, agency leader Dmitry Rogozin, center, embraces cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin, left, and USA astronaut Nick Hague at Star City, Russia, a space training center outside Moscow.
United States astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin were heading to the International Space Station when they had to make an emergency landing due to failure of the booster rockets. Last month, an oxygen leak was found in the International Space Station that Rogozin said was made deliberately.
Search and rescue teams were scrambled to the touchdown location as NASA revealed the descent meant the Russian-built Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft had to take "a sharper angle of landing compared to normal".
The pair landed about 20 kilometers (12 miles) east of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan.
All trips to the ISS and back are undertaken using Russian spacecraft, as has been the case since the Americans retired their shuttles in 2011.
"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.
Hague and Ovchinin were shown being violently shaken in the vessel, and shortly thereafter the feed cut out - to be replaced with a look inside NASA's mission control room.
Space X and Boeing are both working on ships that could transport astronauts to the station without relying on the Russian space program. In 2013, he joined NASA's astronaut corps and is the first member of his class to be assigned to a mission and fly into space, Wiseman said.
The booster suffered a failure minutes after launch. He added that Russian Federation will fully share all relevant information with the U.S. Paratroopers parachuted to the rescue site, TASS news agency reported.
Had the launch gone smoothly, Ovchinin and Hague would have reached the space station later today.
Russian Federation has continued to rely on Soviet-designed booster rockets for launching commercial satellites, as well as crews and cargo to the International Space Station. Russian Federation has suspended manned flights pending an investigation of the latest failure.
This morning's mishap is the fourth time in history the Soyuz space program has had to conduct a ballistic reentry into Earth's atmosphere.