The two crew members on board, cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin and Nick Hague of NASA, are alive after performing an emergency landing. Russian officials said they may spend the night in Baikonur before being flown to Star City, Russia's space training center outside Moscow, the Tass news agency said.
"It is a known mode of descent that crew members have gone through before", the Dean said.
More details on the status of Hague and Ovchinin when they come in. However, after Thursday's incident, the Russian space agency Roscosmos is conducting a full investigation before it will send up any additional Soyuz rockets.
Russia is now under pressure to prove its space program is safe and received a boost on Friday when NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said he had full confidence in Russian-made Soyuz rockets and expected US astronauts to fly on them again.
Two astronauts have landed safely in Kazakhstan after being forced to abort their mission to the International Space Station today. This caused the capsule to drop very sharply into the Earth's atmosphere.
Shortly before this writing, NASA published a statement that gave us further insight into what went wrong and the rescue mission that ensured Ovchinin and Hague were safe.
According to the state news agency RIA Novosti and Russian state television at the launch site, the crew parachuted to Earth in an emergency landing in Kazakhstan. Russian Federation is now under pressure to prove its space program is safe or face losing lucrative fees to carry US astronauts into space.
The doomed booster left Earth behind at 4:40 AM ET today (Oct. 11), and everything seemed fine for the first several minutes. The hole caused a brief loss of air pressure before being fixed.
The launch failure follows close on the heels of another Soyuz issue, in which a hole was discovered August 29 on the MS-09 spacecraft that delivered the most recent crew to the space station. The cosmonauts safely escaped in that accident as well.
Russian Federation was forming a state commission to investigate the Soyuz launch incident, Nasa said.
Relations between Moscow and Washington have sunk to post-Cold War lows over conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, and allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential vote, but they have kept cooperating in space. However, the two sides have continued their cooperation in space.
Unmanned launches of the Progress spacecraft - which carry food and other supplies to the ISS and use the same rocket system as Soyuz - might also be suspended, Interfax has said. Russian Federation stands to lose that monopoly in the coming years with the arrival of SpaceX's Dragon v2 and Boeing's Starliner crew capsules.
Mario Ritter adapted this story for VOA Learning English from AP and Reuters stories.
We'll see what happens from here, but there are still a lot of questions to answer.