The Soyuz rocket taking off via the Baikonur Cosmodrome (11 October)Image copyright

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The cosmonauts were on their way to the International Space Station

A capsule carrying the crew of a Russian Soyuz rocket in which malfunctioned on lift-off has landed safely in Kazakhstan, Russian media report.

Russian Cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin as well as US astronaut Nick Hague were on board however their lives “are not in danger,” said Russian state TV.

The rocket was en route to the International Space Station (ISS).

The US space agency Nasa said there was an “issue with the booster”.

The crew were returning to Earth in “a ballistic descent mode”, according to Nasa.

Astronauts escape malfunctioning Soyuz rocket