The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz MS-10 space ship flies in the sky. Image Credit: AP

Baikonur, Kazakhstan: Russian and US space crew made emergency landing after the  Soyuz rocket malfunctions on lift-off to space station. Reports say they  have landed and both of them are alive. 

The duo from the US and Russia had blasted off for a mission on the International Space Station.

NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Roscosmos' Alexei Ovchinin lifted off as scheduled at 2:40 p.m. (0840 GMT" 4:40 a.m. EDT) Thursday from the Russia-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan atop a Soyuz booster rocket.

However, the booster rocket failed to function propertly and they had to head back to Earth shortly after the launch.

It was the first space mission for Hague, who joined NASA's astronaut corps in 2013. Ovchinin spent six months on the station in 2016.

(With inputs from agencies)