NASA rookie Nick Hague and second-time flyer Aleksey Ovchinin of the Russian space agency blasted off for the orbital lab from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan just before 10am Irish time.
Two astronauts from the USA and Russia were safe after an emergency landing Thursday in the steppes of Kazakhstan following the failure of a Russian booster rocket carrying them to the International Space Station.
NASA and Roscosmos officials say they are launching an investigation into exactly what went wrong with the rocket and why. Borisov added that Russian Federation will fully share all relevant information with the U.S.
The rocket was en route to the International Space Station (ISS).
"Astronaut Nick Hague of NASA and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos launched at 4:40 a.m". Hague and his crewmate Ovchinin, were scheduled to round out the crew from today until December, when the three astronauts now aboard will return to Earth.
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and the NASA team are monitoring the situation carefully.
Eleven minutes later, it added, "The crew is returning to Earth in a ballistic descent mode", meaning that it was falling without propulsion and that its direction was determined only by the craft's momentum.
"We have plenty of supplies on board the station to support the crew and they're going to continue to do work", NASA spokesperson Kelly Humphries told Space.com.
Russian space officials have said they are investigating whether a hole that caused an oxygen leak on the ISS was drilled deliberately by astronauts. Most recently, a mysterious hole was detected on the Russian section of the ISS in August, and a Soyuz launch failure destroyed 18 satellites in November 2017.
A Reuters reporter who observed the launch from around 1 km away said it had gone smoothly in its initial stages and that the failure of the booster rocket must have occurred at higher altitude.
Search and rescue teams were deployed to the landing site. The Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft has made an emergency landing.
Two astronauts had to make an emergency landing Thursday after the rocket that was supposed to carry them to the International Space Station puttered out mid-flight. This incident will likely delay the scheduled mission of Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques, who was set to fly to the space station in December.
The capsule had parachuted to Earth about 12 to 15 miles outside Zhezqazghan, a small city in central Kazakhstan, and neither of the crew members was injured, the Russian news agency Interfax reported. Search and rescue teams were immediately scrambled to recover the crew and paratroopers were dropped from a plane to reach the site and help the rescue effort.
The incident comes as the US has been making progress in its quest to end Russia's monopoly on manned flights to the ISS by encouraging private companies to conduct launches. NASA TV will be back on the air at 10 a.m. four orbits later as the Soyuz spacecraft approaches the station for docking.