US-Russian Space Crew Makes Emergency Landing

'Safety of the crew is the utmost priority for NASA'

Image Credits: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Flickr.

A U.S.-Russian crew aboard a Soyuz spacecraft safely made an emergency return to Earth on shortly after launching on what was supposed to be a mission to the International Space Station.

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said there was an issue with the spacecraft’s booster after it took off Thursday from the Soviet-era cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

The Soyuz separated from the booster before returning in what NASA called a “ballistic descent,” which means it came in at a sharper angle than normal with the crew experiencing higher gravitational forces.

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