A Soyuz MS-10 has known this Thursday an engine problem after takeoff. She was to carry american astronaut Nick Hague and the Russian Alexey Ovtchinine to the international space Station (ISS). The two astronauts have landed in force in Kazakhstan, but were recovered unharmed.

The Soyuz rocket experienced a failure about two minutes after its takeoff. “The problem of launchers, two minutes 45 seconds,” announced a voice perfectly calm Alexei Ovtchinine, commander of the Soyuz rocket, in the live broadcast of the take-off. “The ascent was interrupted, which resulted in a landing probe,” said Nasa in a statement posted on Twitter.

According to a photographer from the AFP on the spot, the take-off went well but after the separation of the first floor, we had the impression that there was a sort of flash”.

“They are alive, praise God”

“They are alive, God be praised,” then said to reporters, Dmitry Peskov, the spokesman for the Kremlin. According to initial reports, the two men are unharmed.

The astronauts “were recovered and are currently being transported” to Djezkazgan, the city of kazakhstan the nearest to the Baikonur cosmodrome and the place where they landed, said a source in the space agency Roskosmos.

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The rocket took off Thursday at 14: 40 (08h40 GMT) from the Russian cosmodrome of Baikonur, in Kazakhstan, for a flight of six hours to the ISS. This mission, for a period of more than six months, was to lead the astronauts in the space station in their Soyuz MS-10 would have had to tie up to.