Gerst tweeted his relief that the two astronauts were safe, saying the day's events "showed again what an fantastic vehicle the Soyuz is, to be able to save the crew from such a failure".
The Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft blasted off from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan at 4:40 AM EDT. "Teams are working with our Russian partners to obtain more information about the issue with the booster from today's launch", the agency said.
Search and rescue teams were deployed to the landing site.
The Soyuz MS-10 rocket had four first-stage boosters strapped to its central core, which housed the second stage booster.
The astronauts reported a brief period of weightlessness, then jettisoned back to Earth at a sharper angle than what is normal, putting Hague and Ovchinin under more than six times the force of gravity.
It was the latest in a recent series of failures for the Russian space program, which is also used by the U.S.to carry its astronauts to the station.
Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists: "Thank God the cosmonauts are alive".
NASA says it chose Hague as an astronaut in 2013 and completed training in 2015; he had been scheduled to perform at least two spacewalks as part of his mission on the space station.
Both the USA space agency NASA and Russia's Roscosmos reported that the two were quickly recovered from the landing area by rescue crews.
Kenny Todd, a space station manager, said the space station's current crew could only stay on board until January - just a month beyond their expected mid-December return.
As a result, Russian Federation has launched a criminal investigation into the rocket failure.
Russian space chief Dmitry Rogozin said he was forming a state commission to investigate what caused the failure.
The Russian space agency, Roscosmos, coordinated the launch, which had been planned for multiple years.
A United States astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut are alive after a failure during a mission to the International Space Station. Last year, NASA astronaut Jack Fischer and Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhinshared a ride to ISS.
Glitches found in Russia's Proton and Soyuz rockets in 2016 were traced to manufacturing flaws at the plant in Voronezh.
"That means the crew will not be going to the International Space Station today".
Commander Alexander Gerst was ready to welcome two new astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) - but ended up looking on helplessly as a catastrophic rocket failure sent the incoming crew falling back to Earth.
Russia's Investigative Committee said a criminal probe would seek to determine whether safety regulations had been violated during construction, causing major damage.
Heather Dunn is the Coordinator of "Ending the Silence", a program sponsored by NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness). There are a range of conditions on the spectrum from depression, to schizophrenia, bipolar, OCD and so many others.
Among pacers, Mohammed Shami , who last played an ODI over a year ago, will once again be seen in the blue jersey. Rishabh Pant , with impressive performances for India in recent Test matches, received his maiden ODI call-up.
To some at United, it is not a coincidence that disharmony within the squad has become an issue since Ibrahimovic moved away. The general consensus seems to be that, despite his age, Ibrahimovic would be a good addition to the dressing room.
There were no injuries and RCMP said Thursday there are no indications the explosion was criminal in nature. Meanwhile, petroleum analysts expect gas prices to skyrocket by up to thirty cents per gallon.
Ben Smith, Google's VP of Engineering, disclosed more information about the security issue, and how it was discovered. Google also announced launch of more granular Google account permissions that will show in individual dialog boxes.
Bolt scored his first goal in the 57th minute putting Central Coast 3-0 up with a powerful left-footed finish. As you would expect from a sprinter, Bolt has very fast feet, yet he can only play football with his left.
She told in a series of tweets that he asked her to strip down to bikini and even asked her to seduce him in 5 mins at his home. She faced repeated harassment and Sajid Khan always passed comments like she wasn't sexy enough or didn't have enough "oomph".
The US government's accountability office estimates all costs associated with the project will amount to one trillion dollars. All three services have stopped flying the F-35 while fuel tubes in the aircraft are inspected and replaced if necessary.
Guests arriving at the royal wedding in a windy Windsor had to hold on to their hats, with gusts of up to 32 miles per hour . There are still yellow alerts in place for wind and rain for Northern England and large swathes of England and Scotland .
Furthermore, Air India Express has informed the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) about the matter. The pilot however continued to operate the aeroplane saying the systems were operatinf normally.
For now, NASA hasn't offered any timeframe on when can we expect Hubble Space Telescope to come back into operation. That's the error engineers are working to fix now, with the instrument in safe mode to allow them to run tests.
Tropical Cyclone Fourteen aims towards Gulf of Mexico
A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours. The current projection is Michael will be Category 3 with winds between 111-129 miles per hour when it reaches the coast.
'Changed Forever': Florida Panhandle devastated by Michael
It developed into a hurricane on Monday, and by Tuesday, more than 180,000 people were already under mandatory evacuation orders. A day later, the beach town remained hard to reach by land, with roads covered by fallen trees, power lines and other debris.
Britain celebrates second royal wedding of the year
The presence of so many royals - and a number of celebrity guests - has prompted extra security measures to be put in place. Eugenie worked closely with Pilotto and De Vos on the design of the gown, according to a statement from the Royal Family.
Donald Trump has Kanye West for lunch at the White House
I have conversations that basically said that welfare is the reason why a lot of black people end up being Democrat. West also used the opportunity to applaud Mr Trump's efforts with North Korea and said he liked the country.
Giants To Release Or Trade Ereck Flowers By Tuesday
However, after starting in 46 of a possible 48 games over his first three seasons, Flowers saw his play time fall this year. This year did not begin well for Flowers under the new regime led by general manager Dave Gettleman.
Disorderly Brexit will hit economy hard, warns OBR
Britain's Brexit minister, Dominic Raab, could also come to Brussels then if weekend talks cover enough ground. The issue of the Irish border, the major sticking point, was "close to being settled", it said .
Lady Gaga's open letter on mental health is a must-read
Recent data from the Ghana Health Service has revealed that about 41 percent of Ghanaians have some form of psychological illness. Mental Health Week will climax on October 13 with a 20/20 cricket match at the Police Recreation Grounds from 9 a.m.
Kanye: 'Trump hat made me feel like Superman'
But the campaign "I'm With Her" just didn't make me feel, as a guy that didn't get to see my dad all the time ... He also praised Trump for his handling of North Korea, and said critics needed to be kinder to the President.