US, Russian astronauts rescued after emergency landing
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Two astronaut were rescued Thursday after their rocket failed following its launch from Russia.

NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russia's Alexei Ovchinin took off in the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft from Kazakhstan at 4:40 a.m. Eastern on Thursday, NASA said in a statement. 

"Shortly after the launch, there was an anomaly with the booster and the launch ascent was aborted, resulting in a ballistic landing of the spacecraft,” NASA said.

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Hague and Ovchinin are in good condition after making an emergency landing in Russia, according to NASA. Search and rescue teams were deployed to the landing site, the space agency added.

".@NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin are in good condition following today's aborted launch. I’m grateful that everyone is safe. A thorough investigation into the cause of the incident will be conducted," NASA Administrator Jim BridenstineJames (Jim) Frederick BridenstineThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates — Trump taps William Barr as new AG | Nauert picked to replace Haley at UN | Washington waits for bombshell Mueller filing How NASA will get back to the moon: Make it cheaper and unite space sector NASA chief: Elon Musk smoking weed during podcast recording 'was not helpful' MORE wrote in a tweet Thursday.