Russia opens a criminal investigation into the failed Soyuz rocket launch

This morning, two brave astronauts were forced to make an emergency landing, after the rocket that their capsule was launching on encountered a problem.

Astronaut Nick Hague of NASA , and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin of Roscosmos, had to make a terrifying ‘ballistic re-entry’ to Earth, while they should have been en-route to the International Space Station .

Thankfully both astronauts are safe and well.

However, neither NASA nor Roscosmos have revealed what the issue was the caused the launch to fail.

Now, the Russian Investigative Committee has revealed that it has opened a criminal investigation into the matter.

Chief of Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, said: "Certainly, this incident will require the most thorough investigation involving independent experts, visits to companies, inspections of all technological processes, because the accident happened on a rocket that had very high accident statistics.

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"And this is very bad news."

Mirror Online will keep you updated with he progress of the investigation.

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