BREAKING: Emergency landing for astronauts as rocket fails

A US and Russian astronaut are making an emergency landing following a rocket failure on a mission to the International Space Station.

Shortly after lift-off, the Soyuz rocket was reported to have suffered significant engine difficulties which has caused the mission to be aborted.

Despite the failure affecting the booster rocket, the crew members are “alive and set to land in Kazakhstan” Russian media reported.

It is understood that helicopters were sent to locate NASA’s Nick Hague and Roscosmos’ Alexei Ovchinin.

Search and rescue teams have confirmed that the pair have now been located and are alive.

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