On August 30 a small leak was spotted in a Russian-made capsule on the International Space Station (ISS) and the astronauts were instructed to search for the air leak. They found it, a 2mm-wide breach and while till now it remains a mystery it is said that the hole has been deliberately drilled in a section of the Soyuz capsule.
Today, October 11, 2018 another and more serious incident has happened with a Soyuz rocket.
According to Russianspaceweb the launch of the Soyuz MS-10 at 4:40 a.m. EDT this morning run into a “booster problem” near the time of the first-stage separation around two minutes after liftoff.
The spacecraft entered a “ballistic reentry mode” according to NASA. Rescue helicopters lifted off from Baikonur in the direction of the projected emergency landing site.
Around 5:20 a.m. EDT The crew, the American Nick Hague and the Russian Alexei Ovchinin were forced to make an emergency landing.
The spacecraft landed about 20-25 kilometers from Zhezkazgan, central Kazakhstan. Reports say both survived.
The live broadcast of the launch appears to show much debris separating from the rocket around two minutes after the launch.