Russia launches criminal probe after Soyuz rocket fails

Russia has launched a criminal investigation over a failed rocket launch to the International Space Station.

A US and Russian astronaut were forced to make an emergency landing shortly after the mission got underway, with their Soyuz MS-10 suffered significant engine failures.

NASA’s Nick Hague and Roscosmos’ Alexey Ovchinin are alive and in Kazakhstan.

The ISS crew is “essentially marooned” according to Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield.

He told Sky News: “Right now, there are no vehicles on earth that can take people to the space station. None.

“They have their own ship – like a lifeboat to be able to come home – but no one can come up and relieve them right now.

“So I think they’re in for a long stay.”

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