Two astronauts, one American and one Russian, made it back to Earth safely after the Russian rocket that was launching them up to the International Space Station failed two minutes into their flight yesterday (October 11th). The emergency rescue system sent Nick Hague and Alexei Ovchinin's capsule into a steep fall after separating from the malfunctioning Soyuz rocket, but the two men landed safely, parachuting into a barren area of Kazakhstan. All Russian manned launches have been suspended while an investigation is carried out. Russia's Soyuz spacecraft are currently the only way to bring crews to the space station following the retirement of the U.S. space shuttles.
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