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Published : Friday, 12 October, 2018 at 12:00 AM Count : 114

MOSCOW, Oct 11: A two-man crew bound for the International Space Station was forced to make an emergency landing when a Soyuz rocket failed shortly after blast-off on Thursday, in a major setback for Russia's beleaguered space industry. US astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin were rescued without injuries in Kazakhstan. The manned spacecraft incident is the first of its kind in Russia's post-Soviet history. The Russian space industry has suffered a series of problems in recent years, including the loss of a number of satellites and other spacecraft. The incident came as the rocket was travelling about 4,700 miles (7,563 kilometres), 119 seconds into the voyage, according to NASA.    -AFP




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