As­tro­naut not wor­ried about Rus­sian rocket

The Intelligencer (Belleville) - - WORLD NEWS -

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A U. S. as­tro­naut says she has no qualms about rid­ing a Rus­sian rocket next month de­spite back- to- back mishaps.

NASA as­tro­naut Anne McClain said Fri­day that space­flight is never 100 per cent safe and it’s co­in­ci­den­tal the past two Soyuz mis­sions to the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion en­coun­tered trou­ble.

Last month, as­tro­nauts had to make an emer­gency land­ing fol­low­ing a failed launch. A month ear­lier, a space sta­tion air leak was traced to a hole mys­te­ri­ously drilled into a docked Soyuz cap­sule.

McClain is set to blast off Dec. 3 on her first space­flight, with a Rus­sian and Cana­dian. She says her fam­ily is used to her risky work, given her Army com­bat- fly­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

She says she wants to teach her young son and other chil­dren that sac­ri­fice is nec­es­sary for achiev­ing dreams.

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