Russia launches criminal probe over failed rocket launch

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WION Web Team Moscow, Russia Oct 11, 2018, 07.37 PM (IST)

Russia has launched a criminal probe to investigate the cause of failed rocket launch Soyuz on Thursday.

The launch had a problem with the booster (rocket) a few seconds after the first stage separation, the voice-over on a NASA live stream from mission control in Houston said.

The two crewmen in the rocket were forced to make an emergency landing in Kazakhstan following the lift-off to the International Space Station.

NASA rookie astronaut Nick Hague and second-time flyer Aleksey Ovchinin of the Russian space agency landed without injuries, the Interfax news agency reported. 

(With inputs from agencies)

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The launch had a problem with the booster (rocket) a few seconds after the first stage separation, the voice-over on a NASA live stream from mission control in Houston said.