An engine failure occurred during the launch of the Soyuz MS-10 rocket from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, with two astronauts on board. They were both brought back to Earth safe and sound.

The MS-10 Soyuz rocket, which was supposed to carry American astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin to the International Space Station (ISS) on October 11, 2018, suffered an engine failure after taking off, the Russian news agency Ria Novosti reported. According to preliminary data, the incident occurred after the separation of the first stage.

The flight was supposed to last six hours but the two men turned around and landed healthy on the mainland in Kazakhstan. NASA has sent rescue teams to the scene to recover the astronauts.

Given the urgency of the situation, the return of the Soyuz capsule was made via a ballistic descent, a steeper curve than usual, implying G higher than normal for astronauts.

Russian space agency Roscosmos opened a commission to investigate the incident.

Among several missions, including an experiment on “3D bio printing”, the two astronauts were also supposed to carry out a survey on the Soyuz MS-09, after a hole was found on August 29, 2018, drilled in the orbital compartment of the Russian module.

On August 29, 2018, a pressure leak was detected by flight controllers aboard the International Space Station (ISS). At first thought to be due to a meteorite impact, it turns out the leak was due to a man-made hole. Could it be intentional?