Family members wore custom-made "Team Hague" jackets, with patches sewn on representing NASA, the International Space Station, and the official mission that took place Thursday. Russia launches criminal probe over failed rocket launch Russian investigators said they had opened a criminal probe into the failed rocket launch that caused the two-man crew to make an emergency landing.
At this moment, there are no Soyuz spacecraft berthed at the orbiting science station.
This video shows the launch of the Soyuz MS-10 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.
The incident was a huge embarrassment for Moscow, which has recently touted plans to send cosmonauts to the Moon and Mars.
All Soyuz flights have been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation.
The Kremlin said experts were working to determine what caused the rocket failure.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev have been told about the accident.
More details on the status of Hague and Ovchinin when they come in.
"The Russian cosmonaut and American astronaut are feeling fine", the Russian space agency said.
A tweet from Roscosmos shows the two astronauts resting comfortably, and looking like they're in good spirits, despite what must have been a hard experience.
The three astronauts now on board the space station have been informed of the failed launch and their schedule for the day is being reshuffled, since they'll no longer be able to greet the incoming duo.
Relations between the US and Russian Federation have been very tense in recent years.
The United States' first attempt to launch a satellite into orbit ended in failure and an explosion.
"The breakup of the Soyuz", Kommersant broadsheet said in a frontpage headline. Instead, the two astronauts landed safely a half-hour later, rescued by the capsule's "automated abort systems" that "is created to be effective", said Kenny Todd, the International Space Station manager. He added that space crew is trained to endure such load. This was his first trip to the International Space Station.
Popular Mechanics reports that Thursday's launch is the fourth time that a ballistic re-entry has occurred in the Soyuz program.
September 27, 1983: A Soyuz rocket that was to carry Vladimir Titov and Gennady Strekalov to a Salyut space station caught fire in the final seconds of the countdown at Baikonur.