Medicals for crew of failed space launch
TWO astronauts have arrived at the Russian space centre for medical checks following a failed launch that led to an emergency landing.
American Nick Hague, from Nasa, and Alexei Ovchinin, from Russia’s space agency Roscosmos, blasted off for the International Space Station from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhsta.
However, their Soyuz rocket failed two minutes after the launch, triggering an emergency that sent their capsule into a steep, harrowing fall back to Earth.
US and Russian space officials said the astronauts were in good condition after enduring gravitational force that was six-toseven times more than is felt on Earth.
Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin promised that Mr Hague and Mr Ovchinin will be given a chance soon to perform a stint on the orbiting outpost.
“The boys will certainly fly their mission,” Mr Rogozin tweeted. “We plan that they will fly in the spring.”
Russian space officials said Mr Hague and Mr Rogozin will spend a couple of days at Star City, the main space training centre outside Moscow, on routine medical checks.